Piper Shepard


Foreground: Lacing Space (detail), Piper Shepard, 2011. Photo: Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Foreground: Lacing Space (detail), Piper Shepard, 2011. Photo: Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery


Piper Shepard - USA

The artist reveals...

...the ideas behind the work

“The work for Lost in Lace concentrates on a Point de Gaze style lace from the collection of Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, once owned and donated by Mrs. W.A. Cadbury. When I received images of this Point de Gaze lace, I began drawing it. Through the focus of drawing, I noted features in the composition of the lace that are similar to the Gas Hall architecture, with its columns, arches, and lines. Working with these sources, I have developed a textile that reflects the compositions of the architecture in the Gas Hall exhibition space with those of the Point de Gaze style lace. My interest is in the connections between textiles and architecture. Cloth’s ability to provide shelter, protection, to decorate and ornament space is essential to my work”.

Piper Shepard teaches at Maryland Institute College of Art. Exhibitions include Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting, Museum of Art and Design, New York (2007). Collections include Baltimore Museum of Art and the Museum of Art and Design, New York.

The artist wishes to thank Gail Baxter for introducing her to the lace in the collection at Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, and to the museum for permission to use the Point de Gaze lace from their collection.

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