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The beauty of lace revealed

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By Kirsten Laskey

Classical and folk art, along with history, are intertwined within delicate and elaborate patterns of lace in the “Handmade Lace: From Fine Art to Folk Art” exhibit at Mesa Public Library.

If visitors are looking at the black Spanish mantilla or the 1680 Italian “snow lace” and wonder just how these pieces of art were created, an answer will be provided soon. The New Mexico Enchanted Lacers will host demonstrations on lace-making techniques all day Saturday at the library.

Additionally, Laurie Waters, whose collection is displayed in the exhibit, does provide clues about how people created these works of art. In addition to lace, bobbins, pillows and an array of equipment can be viewed in the exhibit.

Waters explained she accumulated her collection by buying from dealers in Europe, bidding on items on e-Bay and acquiring items from friends. She has been adding to her collection for 40 years.

She explained she decided to do the exhibit at the library because her house is small and the lace collection was taking it over. Waters said the exhibit gave her an opportunity to get the collection out of her house, and she “wanted to do something special for Los Alamos.”

The exhibit is special because not only does Waters offer contemporary lace creations, she also owns lace dating back to the 1500s.


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