As part of New York Textile Month, please join our co-founder Elena Kanagy-Loux for a lecture at the New York Guild of Handweavers meeting on Saturday, September 28 at 1pm. The lecture will be held at the School of Visual Arts at 133 W 21st St. in Room 602C. Non-Members are welcome to attend for $8!
“In my lecture, I will give a brief introduction to the history and development of bobbin and needle lace in Europe. Although it may evoke the singular image of a frothy bridal veil, lace is really an umbrella term for myriad openwork textile techniques across broad periods and regions of history. I will also discuss my own journey into lace, which began on a trip to Slovenia and Italy in 2012. Since then, I have traveled across over a dozen countries, taking classes, visiting archives, and interviewing modern day lacemakers. The world of lace is vast but elusive, and I hope to give an inspiring glimpse into its depths.
Elena Kanagy-Loux was raised by Mennonites in Tokyo, where she was surrounded by traditional craft and DIY fashion. After receiving her BFA in Textile Design from FIT, she won a grant which funded a four-month trip to study lacemaking across Europe in 2015. Upon returning to NYC, she co-founded the Brooklyn Lace Guild, and began teaching bobbin lace classes at the Textile Arts Center. She recently completed her MA in Costume Studies at NYU where she wrote her thesis on modern lacemaking culture. Currently she is the Collections Specialist at the Antonio Ratti Textile Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”