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Lace End-to-End: Lace Heritage

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Nottingham Trent University invites you to participate in an online seminar series: ‘Lace End-to-End’. This new online seminar brings together experts in the history of lace from raw materials to circulation, from the cotton plantation to the window curtain and wedding dress. In exploring the (social, cultural, political, and economic) meanings of lace at these various stages of its lifecycle and within global networks of production and consumption, the series will highlight themes of globalisation, technology, sustainability, identity and memory.

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In the final session of this series, we consider how the lace industry is publicly commemorated in different contexts. Victoria Brown discusses the recent Legacy of Lace project, which drew attention to Erewash’s lacemaking past and the Headford Lace Project discuss how they have ensured Headford’s lace industry continues to inspire a sense of identity and community in the town, and their new project to follow the production of lace from flax seeds to fabric.

Victoria Brown is an artist based in South Derbyshire, England. Primarily a painter, Victoria has always been fascinated by pattern & textiles as her roots are firmly based in the beautiful Nottingham lace her family once manufactured. Her early childhood experiences with lace can clearly be seen in her paintings. Taking inspiration from old lace patterns, Victoria uses a technique with oils & gold leaf which she has developed over the past sixteen years since becoming a professional artist. During this time Victoria has also been delivering art workshops & community arts projects, In 2011 she embarked upon a research project titled ‘Losing Lace’ supported by Arts Council England which explored the disappearance of the Nottingham Lace Industry engaging with the communities which were involved in manufacturing Nottingham Lace, since then Victoria has continued this work delivering talks, lace workshops & building her collection of lace paintings. Following on from the success of this project she decided to plan the’ Legacy of Lace’ arts project to celebrate the heritage of Nottingham lace & the small towns where much of it was created to bring something positive to these communities as we emerged out of lockdown in 2021

Headford Lace Project began in 2016 when a group of women in the small north county Galway town in in the west of Ireland discovered that an almost-forgotten heritage of bobbin lacemaking that stretched back several centuries. Since then, HLP has worked to research, revive and reimagine that heritage and, in so doing, have given a new lease of life to the town and put Headford back on the international lace map.

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All events start at 12 pm and are expected to be around an hour.

Image source: Original Format: University of British Columbia Library. Rare Books & Special Collections. World War I 1914-1918 British Press photograph collection. BC 1763.

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