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2002/51/1 Lace neckpiece and bracelet, 'Raindrops', bobbin made, oxidised silver wire and quartz crystal beads, Lenka Suchanek (b. 1961), Canada, 2001. Click to enlarge.

Lace neckpiece and bracelet, ‘Raindrops’, bobbin made, oxidised silver wire and quartz crystal beads, Lenka Suchanek (b. 1961), Canada, 2001

Made
  • 2001
The neckpiece and bracelet are two of four pieces of Lenka Suchanek's "Raindrops Collection" which was selected for the exhibition of finalists in the Powerhouse Museum's second International Lace for Fashion Award, July 6 to October 14, 2001. Suchanek works only in metal thread, making large, two-dimensional pictorial installation pieces as well as delicate wearable works. These particular pieces are reminiscent of Renaissance ruffs and cuffs, and use lacemaking techniques of the eighteenth century, but the use of traditional jewellery materials instead of linen thread gives them a conpemporary slant and a more substantial presence. Suchanek says that " the "Raindrops Collection" was inspired by the environment that surrounds me - a magnificant North West Pacific rainforest, abundant with water and vegetation. The necklace, [pendant] and bracelet can be enjoyed as everyday jewellery or for special occasions. The cool tough of crystal beads and the intriguing transparency of wire lace make these body ornaments equally sensual for the wearer and the viewer."

Summary

Object No.

2002/51/1

Object Statement

Lace neckpiece and bracelet, 'Raindrops', bobbin made, oxidised silver wire and quartz crystal beads, Lenka Suchanek (b. 1961), Canada, 2001

Physical Description

Scalloped bobbin lace neckpiece and bracelet made of fine, oxidised silver wire using point ground (tulle lace) techniques, including honeycomb stitch. The scallops are separated from the ground by a gimp which is made up of several of the fine wire "threads." Each piece has been formed into a ruffle which is threaded onto heavier wire, the folks of each ruffle being spaced with quartz beads. Each is fastened with a wire hook and eye.

Production

Made

  • 2001

Notes

Lenka Suchanek was born and raised in the Western Bohemia in a region with four hundred years of lacemaking tradition. Her introduction to the technique of bobbin lace was strongly influenced by contemporary Czech designers. Further studies in major lacemaking centres in (Belgium, Netherlands, Germany) broadened Lenka's technical expertise and appreciation for design and ornament. Settling in Canada brought profound changes to Lenka's art. On one hand, she felt free to experiment with technique and materials - she replaced traditional linen, cotton and silk threads with copper, silver and gold wire. On the other hand she realised that the connection with the past is vital for her art - she has continued to study and research lace and its history. Lenka's jewellery and sculpture combine traditional techniques with new purposes for hand made lace. Lenka teaches lacemaking in Canada and the USA. She maintains a website www.silverpinstudio.com

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 2002

Acquisition Date

12 May 2002

Cite this Object

Harvard

Lace neckpiece and bracelet, 'Raindrops', bobbin made, oxidised silver wire and quartz crystal beads, Lenka Suchanek (b. 1961), Canada, 2001 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 September 2020, <https://ma.as/11446>

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