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ANN ALLISON

Ann has been a bobbin lace tutor, designer and maker since 1980. She learned the traditional laces from her mother and soon began to adapt old patterns and design new ones. Studying the City & Guilds Lace Course opened a whole new world of design possibilities, where the strictures of traditional lacemaking could be stretched, manipulated or even broken.

‘B-leaf’ was created for the 98 Lace Group exhibition at The Bowes Museum in 2012. To be visible at a great height, under the low lighting conditions of a textile gallery, the work needed to be large, bold and light-reflecting. To be self-supporting, it needed constructing from a material of great intrinsic strength, so Ann began to experiment with and work with 0.5mm copper wire.

Since then, the use of wire has been developed both through her teaching and in her own work.

‘Fleur’ was selected for the Lace 21 exhibition at Waddesdon Manor in 2014. Inspired by a tiny flower from a piece of antique Brussels lace, ten overlapping petals became a 3-dimensional flower basket, with silver-lined beads topping stamens in the centre. The black fabric-covered base greatly enhanced the silver colour, while protecting the valuable antique bureau on which it was displayed.

In 2017, a black wire sketch was created for ‘Colour Coded,’ 98 Lace’s exhibition at Mount Grace Priory. The design for ‘Tracery’ was developed from the shapes and shadows of the ruined remains of window tracery in the priory chapel. The colour source was a black and white engraving from Rev. John Graves’ ‘History of Cleveland,’ published in 1808. Hanging against a plain coloured wall, the shadows created additional interest.

Having always admired Czech lace with its simple, but extremely effective designs, Ann created ‘In the Groove,’ for The Westhope Group’s 2023 exhibition, ‘Elemental.’

In the Groove

In the Groove

by Ann Allison A design based on the groove marks left by the chainsaw used to cut down a tree in Ann’s garden. 100x40x5 Bobbin lace Silk thread

Tracery

Tracery

by Ann Allison

Leaf litter 2

Leaf litter 2

by Ann Allison It fell apart a long time ago 20 x 35

Elements

Elements

by Ann Allison Each element 48 x 58

Knotted (detail)

Knotted (detail)

by Ann Allison 110 x 15

Twirly Whirly

Twirly Whirly

by Ann Allison 80 x 80

Shaggy the sheep

Shaggy the sheep

by Ann Allison

Moth to moth

Moth to moth

by Ann Allison 43cmx27cmx10cm

Images unwound

Images unwound

by Ann Allison

Fleur

Fleur

by Ann Allison 30cmx50cmx40cm

B-Leaf

B-Leaf

by Ann Allison 110cmx50cm Silver-plated wire

Horn spiral

Horn spiral

by Ann Allison

Shadowy corner

Shadowy corner

by Ann Allison Logarithmic ovals throwing shadows. Black covered copper wire. Bobbin lace 190x100x50 Exhibited at Shape Shifting, 2014

Tea Time

Tea Time

by Ann Allison Inspired by the metal framework of an old cake stand and white wall trellis, which looks like the arched window of a grand old house. Bobbin lace. Exhibited at Inside Out, 2010 60 x 40 x 30

Light lace

Light lace

by Ann Allison In collaboration with Jane Allison Tracing the hand movements of bobbin lacemaking. 81cm x 81 cm. Exhibited at Divergence, 2008

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