lace art by elodie antoine

Textiles will always be my first love when it comes to design. There’s something about the idea of textured, tactile pieces that are woven or created by hand that is at the top of my list. The older I’ve gotten, the more interest I’ve taken in the actual techniques behind my favorite fabrics and weavings, particularly when it comes to lace. These beautiful pieces above and below are by Belgian artist Elodie Antoine, who is using lace-making techniques to create contemporary artwork that contrasts the delicate and romantic material with more severe industrial imagery. I love that she’s left the end of each piece loose so the strands flow freely. It reminds me of hair (but in a less creepy way) and is such an interesting approach to creating smoky imagery in the pieces. I Love Belgium did a great piece on her work, which you can check out here, and you can also visit Elodie’s site to see more examples of her contemporary lace-work pieces. Thanks to Tom for the tip! xo, grace

More images after the jump . . .

  1. Anna Z says:

    This is gorgeous !

  2. Brilliant! Right up my alley!

  3. Tania says:

    These are brilliant, beautifully made and innovative. The contrast between the industrial subject matter and handmade lacemaking is genius. Thanks for inspiring me on a Monday morning!

  4. eva b. says:

    This is blowing my mind.

  5. Barbara says:

    This is great!!

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  7. Jill says:

    Wow! So original. Would love to own one!

  8. Jenn says:

    Unbelievable. So beautiful and edgy.

  9. Leslie says:

    Who knew lace making could be so cool? I’d love to one one of these, any of them. Inspiration on this particular morning is a tough challenge, thank you design sponge for rescuing my day.

  10. Chúcara says:

    Beautiful !!

  11. Lindie Ward says:

    Elodie’s work would have been a fantastic addition to my Love Lace exhibition currently showing at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney – congratulations on the ingenious use of bobbin lace and strikingly creative ideas in your work.

  12. Ersi Marina says:

    Outstanding work and such a wonderful feature! Only yesterday I subscribed to a course on Contemporary Embroidery and seeing your entry today seemed like a magical coincidence. You’ve made my day too!

  13. Bonnie says:

    Brilliant! Fascinating!

  14. Hannah says:

    This is Amazing! I so want to try this !!! Its so fascinating.. I love how she leaves it loose on the end.

  15. Shelley says:

    Wow! Just amazing!

  16. sherrie says:

    How refreshingly different. Love it. Visual and tactile. I have to see more!

  17. Ritsya says:

    That is incredible. So creative and I can’t even imagine how much patience this art needs.

  18. kristin means says:

    How can we buy one? So beautiful!

  19. Shane says:

    Wow, these are incredible!! So unique and inspiring. The guy with the parachute is cool.


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