Posted on | October 26, 2010 | 33 Comments

Lace is an art piece I made this summer for the Anarchy Show at Post Gallery.
The scenery depicted is inspired by Los Angeles streets lined with palm trees and the heavy sound of helicopters overhead. Reminding me of the pervasive watchful eye of authority. Creating a textile full of holes illustrates the idea of what looks weak and fragile may hide strength. Lace, like Irish Crochet, is a humble form of communication, decorative and fanciful but steeped in a history of fortitude and survival.

Wool, cotton, thread, silk/stainless steel, wire
(hand crocheted)
24 1/4″ w x 23 1/2″ h

ravelry for yarn details


33 Responses to “Lace”

  1. Mary-Heather
    October 26th, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

    LOVE THIS. You rock, your work is so inspiring. Miss you!!

  2. Patricia Chauncey
    October 26th, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

    The shadows on this lace is delightful. So is the lace.

  3. jillian
    October 26th, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    So wonderful. Don’t know which I like better, the actual piece or the shadow of it.

  4. Tad
    October 26th, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

    WOW! Kat this is really, REALLY cool! :) What an amazing way to tell a story.

    Hope you guys are doing well!

  5. gay
    October 26th, 2010 @ 5:50 pm

    you know this already but i LOVE this piece for all kinds of reasons and i also just love looking at it!

  6. Laura Nelkin
    October 26th, 2010 @ 5:58 pm

    Wow, this is so inspiring… love the story it tells. The shadow pic is especially cool!

  7. michele
    October 26th, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

    ‘what is fragile may hide strength’ – wow – so beautifully put!

    it’s so nice to see this post. today i was looking through some of my flickr favorites and came across the top photo and thought again this is such an amazing piece of lace art. it’s so personal and yet also speaks to things we can all relate to.

    while going through the flickr photos i also found your teardrops embroidery piece and thought again that it’s such a gorgeous and moving piece of embroidery.

  8. tiah
    October 26th, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

    I really love that!
    Been meaning to send you email. Finished skirt. Locals love it. Had to make it shorter than I wished due to supply issue. But big thanks for your help!(And yes, I hope to find more cotton so I can do it again – longer.)

  9. Veronik
    October 26th, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

    ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. Sorry, had to yell.

  10. Tora Frøseth
    October 27th, 2010 @ 3:59 am


  11. Kathleen
    October 27th, 2010 @ 7:03 am

    Truly amazing, Kat.

  12. gale (she shoots sheep shots)
    October 27th, 2010 @ 10:46 am

    Kat, you are brilliant. Again! Love the storytelling of it and the darkness

  13. Jill aka Tink
    October 27th, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    I am down in Guatemala knitting, crocheting, drawing, working, designing… and what a delight to find you back on the blog and with such an amazing leap. Darkness and light, that is all there is, yes?

  14. carlene
    October 28th, 2010 @ 5:26 am

    You are an amazing artist…an actual spider would be envious of your web.

  15. do you mind if i knit
    October 29th, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    What an extraordinary piece! And the shadow, it’s beautiful. Very inspiring, I’ve never seen anything like it. Love Vanessa xxx

  16. mary jane
    October 29th, 2010 @ 9:46 am

    You are, as ever, the coolest girl on the block. Forever.

  17. Debbie
    October 31st, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

    This is fabulous! I love your work, you know. I’m so glad you’re back here :)

  18. mel
    November 1st, 2010 @ 6:45 am

    Brilliant. I love this piece Kat – and your words about it.

  19. Marla McLean, Atelierista
    November 5th, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

    Mind blowing. Powerful. Your work stays on my mind.

    I saw a crocheted portrait displayed in a gallery in San Diego, but it was displayed so the shadow was on the wall as the “piece”
    I took a picture of it, but lost the brochure w/the name of the artist. I’ll email it to you.

  20. Kara Gott Warner
    November 6th, 2010 @ 7:59 am

    How inspiring! Thanks for sharing Kat!

  21. Nicole
    November 7th, 2010 @ 7:22 am

    What an amazing work of art!

  22. mamie
    November 8th, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

    you are amazing. aa-maz-ing. your grasp of knitting and fiber, of shape and results… it is just wonderful, kat. i heart you and your art.

  23. Miho
    November 13th, 2010 @ 3:51 am

    Wow! It’s so gorgeous. I was amazed!

  24. michelle
    November 27th, 2010 @ 4:51 am

    I think this piece is exceptional! I hope you explore this medium more. Imagine it as clothing — a modern take on Irish crochet. Love it, love it, love it.

  25. Tenli
    December 16th, 2010 @ 9:44 am

    I hadn’t checked this blog for awhile, and saw this. I am blown away by your artistry and imagination.

  26. raina
    February 5th, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    wow, pardon me while I pick up my jaw off the floor. This is insanely amazing.

  27. knitlit kate
    April 18th, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    kat, this piece is incredible. i’m living in paris at the moment, down the street from the atelier where picasso painted “guernica.” your piece actually reminds me of that. would you mind if i posted about this on my blog? great work. kate

  28. do you mind if i knit
    June 30th, 2011 @ 6:25 am

    What an extraordinary piece! It’s beautiful, and slightly edgy, if you know what I mean. When I saw it in the photo where it is hanging up outside, it reminded me of that wire fencing, and suddenly looked like a piece of installation art. Love it. Love Vanessa xxx

  29. jillian
    August 3rd, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    Love it. Only you could draw with yarn.

  30. caterina giglio
    August 4th, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    this is spectacular…

  31. Marla McLean, Atelierista
    August 13th, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

    Amazing powerful beautifully disturbing work. I love how you use your medium of lace to provoke reaction and thought. I am in awe.

  32. Barb Day
    August 13th, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

    Superb!! An employee e-mailed your link to me, and I hope you don’t mind that linked it on our Facebook page. Everyone needs to see your piece. It’s one of the two most interesting pieces of lace I’ve ever seen and I love the movement, the artistry, and the innovation of it. Thanks for thinking of it, for doing it, and above all, for sharing it.

  33. Carol Wiebe
    May 27th, 2012 @ 4:54 am

    This is marvellous, and I appreciate your insightful description as well.

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