My new collection of original cyanotype prints is launching on Saturday 20th February 2021. The project started out as a way to keep busy and making work through the winter, using vintage lace to create new images. Like a butterfly that metamorphoses throughout the different stages of it's life cycle the project has changed and grown and the ideas have been flowing.
Each tiny piece of lace has intrigued my imagination, guessing as to its origin and making up stories about who may have used or worn it and how it has been cut up, frayed and changed over time. It started me thinking on a completely different track about butterflies and how their wings become ragged as they grow older and are buffeted by the wind and pecked at by the birds. They remain beautiful despite the damage and the vintage lace retains its beauty too.
The lace has been transformed from it's original purpose into images that capture the beauty of the lace patterns and incorporate some of the frayed and torn edges. Memories of a previous life have disappeared but hints remain like a ghostly presence waiting to be remembered once again.
The new collection is divided into three different themes:
This project has certainly sparked my imagination and lead to a new found love of vintage lace. I've been adding pieces to my collection and see this as a more long term project with further developments to come in the future. Using the historic cyanotype process I have found myself reverting back to the original Prussian blue and white images of the traditional technique which captures every tiny detail of the delicate patterns in such a clean and precise manner. I hope that you will be inspired by my new collection of work and if you would like to be the first to hear when the work is available to view and purchase please do sign up for my newsletter which will provide early access to my subscribers and a discount code to use on orders over £50. The prize draw to win the print below has been made and the winner is Sharon Milliner. Entries are now closed but you can still sign up to receive my newsletters.