Cal Lane {Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting}…

by Abigail Percy on 29/04/2007

in Jewellery+Accessories

I have been planning to post about the glorious work of Cal Lane for a while now…but when I saw {in my new copy of Selvedge Magazine} that she was taking part in the exhibition ‘Radical Lace and Subversive Stitching’ which is currently showing at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York I thought this the perfect opportunity [and perfect for WhipUp!] to do so!

Cal’s work first jumped out to me because of it’s delicacy and beauty…initially I was wowed as I thought she must have created the work with a fine piercing saw, cutting all these striking fretwork lace-like patterns into the steel – I was even more blown away when I found out she achieves this degree of delicacy with a industrial blow torch…working to burn out the organic patterning as she goes.

With this [sublime skill set] in mind…I so enjoyed browsing her website where her portfolio shows work ranging from Fine Art installations to more object based sculptures and pieces that have an almost jewellery-like finesse and lightness to them…the images above show Lanes ability to take an every day object and through applying her unique style and process, can turn our notions of functionality on their heads, revealing beauty and [an etirely different] form through the removal of material and the addition of pattern.

If you are in New York, the Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting exhibition runs until the 17th of June…I think it is great that a metalworker has been included in this show [I dearly wish I could see it!] and I think Cal Lanes inclusion will be a wonderful, and truly subversive, contribution to the other great work on show.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 projektleiterin April 30, 2007 at 7:12 pm

I want a garden and I want this shovel! :D


2 Taryn May 1, 2007 at 2:58 am

This is absolutely inspiring work.


3 Mary Calarco May 1, 2007 at 8:56 am

Incredible. I love the pairing of these two extremes…utilitarian tools with an almost frivilous embellishment. Reminds me of Jeannie Thib’s work…


4 Dawn in Halifax May 8, 2007 at 7:09 am

While enjoying her gallery I discovered that she is actually from here. From the depths of my mind came the recall of seeing the shovels in a display space here many years ago. It really struck my funnybone that I had to read this, so far away to remember a local artist-lol. She doesn’t live here now but the art college she studied at is opening a huge new work space and 125 past student/teachers are showing at the opening. Hopefully a piece of her work will be included.


5 Love Actually October 9, 2007 at 1:09 pm

Hey!…I Googled for love actually, but found your page about Cal Lane {Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting}……and have to say thanks. nice read.


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