Flanders, Belgium, is the birthplace of Lieve Jerger and also of the beautiful fiber art known as bobbin lace. It grew out of the abundant local flax crops that once served to create the linen sails for the ocean-faring vessels of centuries past. Linen gets stronger when wet. The finest flax fibers were created by soaking the flax in the river Lys (Leie) to dissolve the pectin and isolate the hairfine strands that were then spun into gossamer lace threads. Bobbin lace was made in convents and beguinages throughout Flanders.
Lieve adapted this ancient art form to work with copper wire of various gauges and create three dimensional sculptures.
It has taken Lieve more than forty years of bobbin lacemaking to tell a timeless tale in copper wire lace, woven by hand.
The hanging sculpture is 16 feet long and 8 feet wide—a shining apparition that will surprise and delight all visitors.
An International contemporary lace art exhibition entitled LACE, NOT LACE: Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques (curated by Devon Thein) will open this September in the Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey, USA.