Seamed warp lace trim

Stripped down bodily side seams, running stitched into lace trim warp to hold (in place) the white machine-made lace layer of the St Michaels negligée….Lucy Brown. DETAIL the secrets we keep from ourselves

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bit like the emperor’s new clothes……

Since February this year, 2015; been spending long, endless, still hours re-weaving/stitching /adjusting making sure you are lasting and secure for your new home….. it ‘seams’ that this labour does not show, been feeling like I’m pretending to do some work ! … bit like the emperor’s new clothes……Lucy Brown. Detail the secrests we keep from ourselves.... Lucy Brown. Detail the secrets we keep from ourselves Lucy Brown. Detail. the secrests we keep frm ourselves

Jabots and my old machine-made lace high-neck dress (almost vintage)

(my) lace, high- neck dress, size 10, 1980’s St. Michaels; marks & spencer, the skirt of this could be wefted maybe . . .extending white lace warp on ‘shoulders’ to follow through with seams of lace high-neck dress…… evokes the Nottingham Jabots I studied in Nottingham museum’s lace collections, male and female frills to cover, to hide the closure of a shirt, dress or blouse…. Can the white lace warp on shoulders be extended and weft of heather mauve pink skirt added . . . ?

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the secrets we keep from ourselves….

… how to stabilize and where to start with you… I guess the re-tensioning of multi sectioned lace trim warps of…. dark grey first… choices to be made; what to lose, keep hidden and show? Seams, edges, lace trims and hems to be self contained, reliant on warp and weft tensions…

Lucy Brown. the secrets we keep... stablizing detail 2015 Lucy Brown. the secrets we keep.... stablizing 2015

 

 

‘The secrets we keep from ourselves…’

I am delighted that my work ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves…’ will be part of Nottingham City’s Museums and Galleries Fine Art Textile Collection, UK.  This large scale woven textile installation will sit alongside my other works; ’Squeeze’, ‘Petti-fur-coat’, ‘Odd one out’ and ‘The Brides Clothes’ already part of the same collection. ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves…’ was commissioned by Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery UK with funding from the Arts Council England through The National Lottery, for ’Lace Works – Contemporary Art & Nottingham Lace’ exhibition, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, England. 10th November 2012 – 10th February 2013. As the work is complex to install with transient fragments that response to the exhibition space I am spending some time in the studio working on stabilizing the more transient seams and lace trims while writing up, documenting and drawing out guidelines for installation of the work.  To a certain extent this means re-adjusting and re-working…

The secrets we keep from ourselves by Lucy Brown.  Overview. Installed at Nottingham Caste Museum and Art Gallery, England. Part of ’Lace Works – Contemporary Art & Nottingham Lace’ exhibition. Photographers credit John Hartley 2013

The secrets we keep from ourselves by Lucy Brown. Overview. Installed at Nottingham Caste Museum and Art Gallery, England. Part of ’Lace Works – Contemporary Art & Nottingham Lace’ exhibition. Photographers credit John Hartley 2013

The secrets we keep from ourselves....just unpacked and back in the studio...

The secrets we keep from ourselves….just unpacked and back in the studio…