New lace exhibition at Bexhill Museum

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Drawindgs so intricate and authentic that the artist can spend up to five hours a day for four weeks on each one were enjoyed by members of Bexhill Museum on


They were attending what museum chairman John Betts said would be the first of many such private viewings for members planned by the museum for the special exhibitions it was holding during its centenary year.

Guest of honour at the event was artist Teresa Whitfield. The event marked the launch of Drawing With Lace, an exhibition displaying her work.

Welcoming members and guests, the chairman said the museum was fortunate to have Teresa Whitfield’s work on display as she is rated as world number one in her field

and had exhibited her work in many leading museums.

He said the fantastic quality of her work was testament to her craftsmanship and commitment.

The project is being funded by an Arts Council grant obtained by the artist.

Teresa Whitfield makes intricate ink drawings of historic lace from museum collections across the UK including Nottingham Castle Museum, the Victoria and

Albert Museum, Bath Museum of Fashion and the Bronte Parsonage Museum.

Her work explores the demise of the hand-made lace industry and challenges preconceived ideas about lace. The technique she utilises is almost forensic in its

precision and is inspired by similarities between lace-making processes and line-drawing.

Teresa Whitfield’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal West of England Academy, the Jerwood Space, Leeds College of Art and Nottingham Castle Museum and she has had solo shows at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Worthing Museum and the Somerset Museum of Rural Life.

Her work bears an uncannily close resemblance to real fabric . The highly detailed ink drawings evoke a time before the industrial revolution, when hand-made textiles were part of everyday domestic life for women.

Teresa says the recent resurgence of interest in the cultural significance of craft skills within the visual arts has provoked considerable debate and discussion about lace-making.