Saturday 25th February saw the first public event as part of our Spring commission, Lace in Place.
A steady stream of people came to Bedford Tourist Information Centre for Conversations in Lace, to share their samples, pictures and stories of lace with artist Arabel Rosillo de Blas. Bedford Museum also brought samples of lace from their collection, and local lace expert Marilyn Two from the Aragon Lace Makers was on hand to show her own work and teach eager newcomers the basics of lace making.
Our Creativity and Wellbeing group also got involved, when we hosted a Lace Tea Party on Wednesday. With artist Arabel and lace maker Jan Faulkner the traditional met with the contemporary, as the group explored Arabel’s site specific art practice alongside the tradition and history of lace making. Delicious cakes were also on offer, and everyone quickly became engrossed in learning the art of lace making.
Our Creativity and Wellbeing sessions run in five week blocks on Wednesday afternoons 1-4pm. The next block will begin on the 14th March at 123create on Midland Road.
Both of these Lace events are part of a collaborative artistic process that will culminate in a large lace installation in Bedford. Arabel will create a large lace sculpture in the town, and hopes to inspire a new generation of Bedfordians to claim lace as their own.
The next event will be Large Lace on Saturday 24th March. Experience lace as you have never seen it before; working in the macro you will become human pins and bobbins to create lace on a massive scale.