Friday, August 21, 2009

Lace in Translation at The Design Center

Lace in Translation
The Design Center at Philadelphia University (TDC) presents Lace in Translation, a new exhibition of contemporary work that explores the intersection of luxurious hand-craftsmanship with modern, mass production. TDC’s historic Quaker Lace Company collection is the inspiration for three internationally-renowned artists and designers reconsidering conventional notions of lace. European designers Tord Boontje and Demakersvan, and Canadian artist Cal Lane have created installations specifically for TDC’s unique and intimate space – a 1950s era, Hollywood-style ranch house.From the intricacy of a handwoven raffia curtain, to the industrial art forms of laser-cut fabrics, a welded filigree oil tank, and a lace chain-link fence, Lace in Translation plays with the concept of lace, utilizing unexpected materials and new technologies to transform the Center’s grounds and galleries.

Although the exhibition is based in Philadelphia, we’re inviting artists, designers, lace makers and handwork enthusiasts from around the world to visit the Your Translations section of the exhibition website and to share their work or interesting lace-inspired finds with others in the arts and handwork communities. We want to be inspired by your lace translations whether they be laced, crocheted, cross-stitched, knitted, tatted, embroidered, quilted, beaded, or woven.
Submissions will be featured on the site at We hope you’ll take a few minutes to visit the site and help us spread the word!

For more about the exhibition, visit
For more about the Design Center at Philadelphia University, visit
Download the Lace in Translation press kit (PDF, 736KB):
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