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On Friday 27 March I’ll be doing a lunch time talk at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery about my project The Lace Trail . The talk is about an hour, free, and I hope to see you there! Dutch artist, art historian and BP Travel Award winner Sophie Ploeg takes you into the lavish world of early 17th century Dutch and English portraiture. These portraits and the development of lace and ruffs as a fashion accessory has inspired her to create a series of new paintings which are currently on display within the BP Portrait Award 2014 exhibition. Within this talk she will discuss early 17th century portraiture, the development of 17th century lace and how she got inspired to create the costumes for her paintings. She will share studio images of the works in progress and explain her working method. Scottish National Portrait Gallery Friday 27 March 12.45 - 2pm Free (If you cannot make this talk there will be another one in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire on 23 April)