Lace Unarchived brings together a diverse group of designers and artists from across the UK who have each interpreted Nottingham lace in a unique and contemporary way. The exhibition at the Bonington Gallery in Nottingham Trent University includes lengths of contemporary lace by acclaimed textile designers, Timorous Beasties. Light emitting fabrics by Sarah Taylor, Senior Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University and Sara Robertson,Tutor at the Royal College of Art, will also feature in the show.
On display is a complete final collection and unseen work by women’s fashion brand, Oasis. Telling the story of Nottingham lace, Oasis have reimagined some of the 75,000 antique lace samples housed in the Lace Archive at Nottingham Trent University. The collection also features a garment by Fashion Design student, Robert Goddard, presented alongside samples of machine-made lace dating back to the early 1800s.
Invited for the diversity of their work, the contributors have all studied the intricacies of Nottingham lace and its technology to create pieces that not only celebrates the rich heritage of lace, but also preserves its place in contemporary design for the future.
Lace Unarchived, 23 February - 29 March 2018
Nottingham Trent University, School of Art & Design, Bonington building, Dryden Street, Nottingham NG1 4GG