Victoria’s successful project ‘Losing lace’ supported by the Arts Council England focussed on the Lace industry in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and Victoria’s family connection to it.
Victoria’s Great Grandfather Thomas Stocks started the lace making business in Jardines factory, Draycott in the early 1900s. The business later merged with Birkin and Company, Nottingham’s largest lace business. She carried out research, visiting old factory sites, gathering artefacts and interviewing people connected to the industry. Victoria produced large vibrant paintings inspired by old lace patterns and a lace installation using artefacts collected during the research. Her aim was to celebrate the success of the industry and connect to the sense of loss now it has almost all disappeared to the Far East.
The artwork has been exhibited in Draycott, Hopkinsons Gallery in Nottingham, Erewash Museum and Art Gallery, Fishers in Ashby, Melbourne Festival and was part of the Lace Season, Lace:Here:Now Exhibitions around Nottingham 2012. Victoria’s paintings were exhibited in N.C.N Gallery on the Lace Market with Louise West’s intricate handmade Bobbin Lace. Victoria also delivered creative workshops to Draycott Primary School Children and residential homes in Sandiacre.
Victoria continues to be inspired by lace and joins us on Friday evening to deliver short talks discussing the lace industry.