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.
Theresa will be teaching virtual Carrickmacross classes this winter – a beginning butterfly pattern in February and an intermediate iris pattern in March. Please visit our Virtual Education page for more details.