Lace in Place, Arabel Rosillo de Blas

05/05/2012

 

Lace in Place, Arabel Rosillo de Blas

05/05/2012

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Our spring 2012 commission  produced a new public artwork celebrating the rich history of lace making in Bedford.

Large scale hand-made lace adorned the exterior of 1 St Paul’s Square, an unoccupied Grade 2 listed Georgian building in Bedford town centre.

Artist Arabel Rosillo de Blas worked with local group The Aragon Lacemakers, learning to make lace and designing patterns for the installation, which used motifs and stitches found in traditional Bedfordshire lace.

The work evokes a sense of loss, not only for the art of lace making itself, but also for the building. Once elegant and opulent, it now lies derelict, in a state of gradual decay.

Through a series of public events and workshops Arabel  brought together a dedicated team of local people who have played a crucial role, along with The Aragon Lacemakers, completing the mammoth task of turning three miles of rope into the fourteen large scale lace panels needed to cover the exterior of the building.

This extraordinary artwork was in Bedford From May 2012 to February 2013.

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