Bobbin Lace with copper wire wound on my Flemish grandmother's oak bobbins. Here I am working out the four-strand braids that make up the 8 side walls for all four wheels of the Carriage of Lost Love.
The Carriage of Love is growing, but far from finished. The work transforms my perception of Time. It erases all regrets, worries and anxieties. Past, present and future become One. There is nothing I would rather be doing.
It has taken Lieve more than forty years of bobbin lacemaking to tell a timeless tale in copper wire lace, woven by hand, and the work is still in progress. The Carriage of Lost Love, a hanging sculpture is 16 feet long and 8 feet wide—a shining apparition that will surprise and delight all visitors to a groundbreaking international contemporary lace art exhibition entitled LACE, NOT LACE: Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques (curated by Devon Thein) opens at 3pm September 23, 2018 in the Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey, USA. Show ends January 6th, 2019.
My lace studio in Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, is a grand historic adobe from the turbulent time of the Mexican Revolution. It is a short walk from there to the mystical Ruins of Paquimé. The region is now a haven for artists, thanks to the initiatives of Spencer MacCallum and the phenomenon of Mata Ortiz pottery that he has set in motion.
This magical place is where the Carriage of Lost Love finally grew its wheels in 2014.
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.