Every day Pinterest sends images of things it thinks I might like. Because I can so easily become totally absorbed and lose hours happily wandering through images, following links one after the other, I rarely take time to browse. It’s worse than Facebook. So I clicked on a page of enticing images headed ‘stitch’, and found myself looking at a page of pics on which was one work I knew I’d seen before, by Cordula Kagemann and as it turned out, had saved in my own board Lines and Shapes, though I’d never gone to her website. What magnificent work, collaging with cut paper and some fabric. Textile friends in Australia, note that she will be teaching there in October of this year. Her cutout paper overlays feature various shaped holes and overlocking rings – my mind asked could you call this paper ‘lace’?
Holes and lace have been part of my inspiration for some time: https://www.alisonschwabe.com/weblog/?p=2620 https://www.alisonschwabe.com/weblog/?p=2620 and I still have this little leather sample on my board after about 10 years – suede bonded onto unbleached calico/muslin, and to me this is definitely all about the holes… and I’m still thinking about it.
Snippets and samples of holes in leather and fabric … ? lace
The surface design snippet below is part of a 12|”x12″ quilt first bought in a SAQA Benefit Auction some years back, of gold leather triangles with holes punched from it sewn to a black background with gold machine stitching forming the grid. This week it was auctioned among a collector’s pieces which were donated to the organisation to benefit SAQA a second time, and I am thrilled to hear an Australian collector it. I never gave it a title, but with hindsight perhaps I could have called it Black Holes on Gold Triangles …
A question I’ve had in mind before is this – what is the most important part of ‘lace’ – is it the holes, or whatever it is that surrounds the holes?