The Lace Trail

To accompany the BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery I have written a book. It tells the story of how, after winning the BP Travel Award 2013, I travelled to lace centres such as Bruges in Belgium and Honiton in Devon, studied early 17th century portraiture at the Tate Gallery, Rijksmuseum and the Frans Hals museum amongst others in order to research how lace and fabrics were depicted in 17th century portraiture.  I learned about the development of early lace, made popular by Elizabeth I but really becoming high fashion in the Jacobean time. I researched early lace in lace collections held at the Fashion Museum in Bath, Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire and various lace dealers who have helped me along the way.
Inspired after my research and travel I created ten new paintings which are exhibited within the BP Portrait Award 2014 exhibition.
In my book I write about 17th century portraiture, the role of clothing and fabrics in these portraits, the history of early lace and how I became inspired for my paintings. I describe the lace that was used in my paintings and go deeper into meanings and ideas. The book ends with a catalogue section for all the paintings I created for the exhibition.

The Lace Trail is available as a hardcover (£40) or a softcover (£30), has 80 pages, is 20x25cm and is extensively illustrated in full colour.

     You can buy it direct (hardcover & softcover) via this link

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