ANN ALLISON

Ann had been a bobbin lace tutor, designer and maker since 1980. She had 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 up a whole new world of design possibilities, where the strictures of traditional lacemaking could be stretched, manipulated or even broken. In recent years, Ann has experimented with and developed the use of wire in contemporary lace. Her first piece, ‘B-leaf,’ was created for The 98 Lace Group’s exhibition at The Bowes Museum in 2012, and then ‘Fleur’ was selected for the Lace 21 exhibition at Waddesdon Manor.

The intrinsic strength and flexibility of wire lace has great potential and versatility. Work can be flat or formed into three dimensional shapes; can hang against a wall or be suspended in mid-air and allowed to move freely; can be worn as costume jewellery or create large works of sculpture. The exploration continues.

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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