KITTY MASON MBE

Kitty is a bobbin lace maker and teacher of lace, living in Edinburgh. Her background is in traditional lacemaking, having learned on the English laces and then progressed to some of the Belgian laces.  Despite her love of Binche lace she believes that lace should not always be white and flat and in her contemporary work loves to use colour, texture and some unusual materials.  She has been known to make lace with used fiddle strings, telephone cabling and has even worked with leeks. Using whatever techniques will achieve the desired effect Kitty uses many traditional techniques but also freer use of the threads. She enjoys the challenge of contemporary lace. Working out how to achieve the effects and results she wants, particularly when it is to be 3D. she is conscious that the development of a contemporary piece involves a great deal of thinking and planning. One of her joys is helping students to develop their own contemporary lace working from their own inspirations and helping them to free their thinking and experiment. Scary but exciting!

Strings

Strings

by Kitty Mason

Royal Crescent collar

Royal Crescent collar

by Kitty Mason Detailed view

Whispers of passion

Whispers of passion

by Kitty Mason

Thistle do

Thistle do

by Kitty Mason

Thistle do

Thistle do

by Kitty Mason Detailed view

Festive trees

Festive trees

by Kitty Mason

From Shisha to snowflakes

From Shisha to snowflakes

by Kitty Mason

Devil's tunes

Devil's tunes

by Kitty Mason

Binche filling hanging

Binche filling hanging

by Kitty Mason

If wishes were fishes

If wishes were fishes

by Kitty Mason A wall hanging in bobbin lace using a mixture of techniques in cotton, linen, synthetic and metallic threads on a base of knotted netting 100 x 100 Exhibited at Shape Shifting, 2014

The older I get

The older I get

by Kitty Mason Three panels in bobbin lace in a mixture of techniques and materials, including cotton, synthetic and metallic threads and meaningful objects, photographs and pictures 163 x 40 Exhibited at Shape Shifting, 2014

Tree earrings 1

Tree earrings 1

by Kitty Mason With echoes of the carriage wheels in the Springs and Wheels gallery at Stockwood Discovery Centre, these earrings for trees aim to brighten the short, bleak days of winter. Bobbin lace. Exhibited at Inside Out, 2010

Tree earrings 2

Tree earrings 2

by Kitty Mason With echoes of the carriage wheels in the Springs and Wheels gallery at Stockwood Discovery Centre, these earrings for trees aim to brighten the short, bleak days of winter. Bobbin lace. Exhibited at Inside Out, 2010

Guantanamo- opened reluctantly

Guantanamo- opened reluctantly

by Kitty Mason A statement of disapproval of this place which operates outside international law, dehumanises people and immediately loses any moral high ground in the fight against terrorism. The work develops as this place is grudgingly opened up. 43cm x 32cm x35cm. Exhibited at Divergence, 2008

Out of kilter

Out of kilter

by Kitty Mason A cowboy belt (from Texas) and a Bin Laden headdress, the forces that have changed the shape of our world and knocked it out of kilter. H 60cm (approx). Exhibited at Divergence, 2008

Fields of gold

Fields of gold

by Kitty Mason Driving every fortnight to teach lace in Fife, I travel by ripening fields of wheat and barley watching them turn gold as the summer progresses. This evokes childhood memories of Scotland, travelling through the ripening fields and the Tentsmuir Forest to reach the most fabulous sandy beach at Kinshaldy. It was always hot and sunny in those days! Exhibited at Lace in a Barn, 2005

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