Theresa Kelly – Contemporary Carrickmacross Lace Textile Artist

I discovered the beauty and versatility of Carrickmacross Lace after a move to the area. I became fascinated with the technique of making lace, it became all-consuming.

This exhibition represents examples of my seminal work practice over the last three and a half decades. What interests me most with lace-making is the possibility within the discipline. I have scope to develop and express myself within the technique. Through exploration I am constantly pushing the boundaries of traditional lace techniques. This leads to continual questioning and transforming previous work, therein creating contemporary genres while always remaining grounded within the traditional techniques of Carrickmacross Lace.

The exhibition is a journey through my creative story. It begins with my early fashion items inspired by nature that then progressed into 3D flowers and foliage works. The more recent work rejoices in the stitch, contrasting that stitch with line, pattern and texture found in the natural world leading to a more abstract approach. The conversation between the gossamer threads and the organic forms in nature invites the participant to investigate and to appreciate that lace is a relevant form of expression in the creative sphere.

Connect with Theresa: Facebook: @TheresaKellyLace ~ Instagram: @theresakellylace ~ Email: theresakellylace@gmail.com


Click on an image to see it full sized. Also, Theresa has provided audio descriptions to accompany many of the images. Click on any play button (►) to listen.

Wild Garden: Shawl
Traditional Carrickmacross Lace techniques. Cotton netting and cotton organdy.
Wild Garden: Shawl
Detail of applique, guipure and embossed pops techniques. (1993)
Garden: Evening Stole
Traditional Carrickmacross Lace techniques.  Cotton netting and cotton organdy. (1991-1992)
Garden: Evening Stole
Detail of applique, guipure and filling in stitches techniques.
 Foxgloves and Ivy
Detail
 Foxgloves and Ferns
Detail
Ferns
3D Carrickmacross Lace on handmade silk paper. (1997)
Sunburst
Contemporary Carrickmacross Lace and feathers on slate. (2000)
Dawn (Newgrange series)
Contemporary Carrickmacross Lace and feathers on slate. (2000-2026)
Meditation
Contemporary Carrickmacross Lace on slate.  (1999)
Illuminate ( Newgrange series)
Contemporary Carrickmacross Lace feathers and gold leaf on slate.
Sea Urchin (after Ernst Haeckel)
Contemporary Carrickmacross Lace on handmade silk paper. (2009-2015)
Dark Moon (Moon series)
Contemporary Carrickmacross Lace and feathers.
Star II
Contemporary Carrickmacross Lace on handmade silk paper.
    Star II – Detail
Techniques of 3D applique, loops and guipure.
Celestial
Contemporary Carrickmacross Lace sculpture and feathers. (2014- )
    Celestial (reverse side)
Between the Lines
Contemporary Carrickmacross lace and wood bark. (2016-2019)
  Two Vessels
Contemporary Carrickmacross Lace, wood bark and silk paper. (2020-2021)
Five Vessels
Contemporary Carrickmacross Lace, wood bark, wood roots and silk paper.
Decay (Precarious series)
3D Contemporary Carrickmacross Lace linen threads, linen, wood and nails. (2022)
  Decay
Detail of loop techniques.
  Wind ( Precarious series)
3D Contemporary Carrickmacross Lace Sculpture and wood roots. (2020)