About Louise West
This piece of wire sculpture was created in traditional techniques using an 18th century piece of lace as inspiration, from the collection at the Bowes Museum, in the Blackborne Collection. It stands almost 5′ tall on the plinth and is free standing.
It reflects on lace held in collections – by the flowers contained within the structure, and conditions of the protected environment, which despite the best possible conditions sometimes still lead to some deterioration and a few flowers fraying from the design and escaping.
It uses elements of the traditional piece that was the inspiration and traditional techniques of bobbin lace but created to reflect of a quote in the ‘Fine and Fashionable’ exhibition catalogue from the Bowes “Lace combines the qualities of the phoenix and a chameleon; it has risen again and again from the ashes of a seemingly final slump, to reappear in a different guise to suit a different age”