TextileStories: Veronika Irvine

Lace is something which for many, conjures up images of doilies or Elizabethan collars or Marie Antoinette all covered in sumptuous ruffles…but it is also a unique and very special artform which is alive and well thanks to the innovative work of artists like Veronika Irvine who joined me to discuss her explorations of the possibilities of algorithmic lace.

Passionate about moving lace forward, Veronika says that “we are always associating this past history kind of thing to lace as though it’s not alive” and that in the short, 500 year history of the technique we have hardly begun to harness all of its potential. In this conversation she discusses her early encounters with lace and computers and how she has developed a unique approach to the craft of bobbin lace which embraces both the handmade and the computer generated.

If you have ever been curious about the process of creating algorithmic art or how traditional crafts can evolve in unexpected directions through collaboration with scientists, engineers and mathematicians, then this episode is for you!

You can find out more about Veronika and her work on her website: https://tesselace.com/

Would you prefer to listen? Find it on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/user-911455131-629910622/veronika-irvine

Check out Veronika’s profile as well as the complete symposium programme for DFZ 2021 at: https://www.doilyfreezone.net/

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