Current Exhibit

Figural Lace: Lions and Tigers and Dragons, oh my!

Please plan a visit to enjoy our current exhibit from July 3 through October 27, 2018.

Over the centuries, lace makers have found creative ways to represent human, animal and bird forms in their work. From simple macram√© knotting to the most elaborate of needle and bobbin lace techniques, they have worked figures—all kinds of figures—into their lace.

This exhibit showcases the diversity of figural subject matter, the variety of lace styles used, and some of the medieval to modern stories told in lace. The pieces on display feature creatures both real and imaginary. Their inspiration was drawn from legends, historical events, nature, whimsy, and allegory.

The show includes pieces ranging from primitive animals worked in reticella, c1610, to an evocative bobbin lace scene worked during World War I. The careful observer will find that mermaids, lions, kings, queens, horses, eagles, unicorns, frogs, ducks, goats and dragons all came alive in the hands of the lace makers. The exhibit is open through October 27, 2018.