WAYofLACE

Original Handmade Lace Art Objects

Vancouver, Canada On Etsy since 2013

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WAYofLACE

Original Handmade Lace Art Objects

Vancouver, Canada | 16 Sales

Announcement    Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, Canada Post does not guarantee delivery times, and it is unlikely that international orders will be delivered in time for Christmas. I hope that will not discourage you from browsing my shop and choosing a very special gift for somebody or yourself.

Welcome to WAYofLACE!
This shop features original art objects and wearable art designed and made by a living artist / lacemaker in a traditional technique of handmade lace. Despite the fine craft of lace being five hundred years old, it lends itself beautifully to new, contemporary interpretations and materials. While it is not easy to live and work as an independent lace mistress, it is rewarding to carry on the fine craft and create a truly unique lace art in the 21st century.

Detailed description is provided for every item. If you need additional information feel free to ask, I will be happy to help. After all, the most frequent comment I hear from my customers is: "I have never seen anything like this before!"

Please make sure to read and understand shop policies placing your order. All sales are final.

If you are a lacemaker interested in wire lace, you can find a lot of information, including patterns and tutorials, tools and materials, in my other Etsy shop: WireLaceSupplies, and on my website www.lenkas.com

Enjoy your visit!

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 2, 2020

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, Canada Post does not guarantee delivery times, and it is unlikely that international orders will be delivered in time for Christmas. I hope that will not discourage you from browsing my shop and choosing a very special gift for somebody or yourself.

Welcome to WAYofLACE!
This shop features original art objects and wearable art designed and made by a living artist / lacemaker in a traditional technique of handmade lace. Despite the fine craft of lace being five hundred years old, it lends itself beautifully to new, contemporary interpretations and materials. While it is not easy to live and work as an independent lace mistress, it is rewarding to carry on the fine craft and create a truly unique lace art in the 21st century.

Detailed description is provided for every item. If you need additional information feel free to ask, I will be happy to help. After all, the most frequent comment I hear from my customers is: "I have never seen anything like this before!"

Please make sure to read and understand shop policies placing your order. All sales are final.

If you are a lacemaker interested in wire lace, you can find a lot of information, including patterns and tutorials, tools and materials, in my other Etsy shop: WireLaceSupplies, and on my website www.lenkas.com

Enjoy your visit!

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About WAYofLACE

Sales 16
On Etsy since 2013

WAYofLACE

BRIEF HANDMADE LACE HISTORY

Handmade lace is an old European craft. Needle lace beginnings date back to the 15th century, bobbin lace came later, probably in the early 16th cenury.
The fine craft of lace flourished in Italy, where wealthy patrons supported an unprecedented revival of arts and crafts, which we now call the Renaissance. Many new ideas appeared, new techniques developed and many artist and artisans steadily improved their skills and their livelihoods. Fame of the Italian laces spread quickly through Europe and it did not take long before Belgium, France, Spain and England, and eventually every country on the Old Continent, established their own lacemaking industries, each playing a part in two hundred years of handmade lace evolution. First lacemaking machines appeared at the end of 18th century. Fuelled by industrial revolution, the mechanical lace looms developed into today's computer integrated manufacture systems and laser cutting machines that supply lace fabrics to our fashion markets.

Fine craft of handmade lace did not disapear completely. It entered the world of art, where it had belonged all along. In that realm lace is cherished by a handful of artist, professionals and hobbyist, who dedicate their lives to studying and practicing the fine craft. They are keeping the tradition alive, preserving the knowledge and skills. On the way, they slowly learn valuable lessons in creativity, beauty, patience and resiliency.

ABOUT LACEMAKING TECHNIQUES :

Lace today is made exactly the same way as centuries ago, without machines of any kind, just work of hands with simple tools - lacemaking pillow, needles or bobbins, and pins.

Needle lace is created by working with one continuous thread and one or two needles. Fine wire requires slightly different handling than traditional thread, but otherwise the technique is identical, with lace being built one stitch at a time. It is a very slow process, almost meditative, as the repeat motion and sustained focus shut out the rest of the world. From a design perspective, needle lace is a free technique, almost like drawing with thread, and therefore it satisfies the lacemaker's artistic needs.

Bobbin lace is an off-loom weaving technique, that uses many threads, each wound on its own bobbin. Twisting and crossing of the threads in a particular order creates patterns, some simple and some very complex. This process is faster than needle lace, but requires more preparation and finishing time. When mastered, bobbin lace produces beautiful, light, open structures of endless variety. It appeals to lacemaker's scientific mind that thrives in a binary code, geometry and problem solving.

Both techniques are equally interesting, with enough study material and creative potential to last a lifetime.

ABOUT WAY OF LACE STUDIO :

The Way of Lace Studio (and also the New School of Lace and Wire Lace Supplies, which are affiliated) are located in Surrey, BC in Western Canada. Since it is far away from everywhere, the Way of Lace Etsy Shop serves as a connection with the rest of the world.

I first encountered the art of handmade lace in Prague, where textile artists used lace in amazingly modern ways. I was fascinated by the beauty and an exceptional artistic potential of the technique and I decided to learn it. Unable to find a teacher, I learned on my own. As soon as I mastered the basics in fibre, I switched to working with wire, and it has been my medium ever since. I love to create wall pieces and sculptures, and metal has the strength to support open structure of lace where fiber wouldn't. It allows me to experiment with delicate patterns and play with light and transparency. Large pieces take months to finish, and I usually need a break before I start the next project. In that time I work on jewellery and wearable art. I set my imagination free and just follow wherever it takes me. It's my playtime and there is a lot of joy in every piece.

I am always intrigued how each lace piece, either a sculpture or an amulet pendant, ring or necklace, eventually finds its way to the person it was made for, in a mysterious fulfillment of the creative process.

To learn more about the Way of Lace, please visit my website: www.lenkas.com

If you are a lacemaker interested in wire lace, you can find a lot of information, including patterns and tutorials, tools and materials, in my other Etsy shop: WireLaceSupplies, and on my website www.lenkas.com

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  • Lenka S.

    Owner, Maker, Designer

Shop policies

Last updated on December 1, 2019
Welcome to WAYofLACE Shop Policies Page.
If you don't find the information you are looking for here, please contact me - I will be happy to help. Please note that I read and reply to e-mails only twice a day.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
All sales are final.

If your shipment arrives damaged, please photograph the damaged packaging and /or content, as it might be helpful for a claim with the post. If the package was not delivered, contact me and I will initiate search with Canada Post. There is a minimal chance for a package to be lost or damaged with tracked mail, but if it happens, I will refund your money after I receive the refund from the post. I cannot guarantee exact replacement of one-of-a-kind items, but I can offer to create a similar piece, depending on material availability.
Payment
I accept credit cards and Etsy gift cards
Shipping
I will ship your order within 1-5 business days after your payment has cleared.

Listed shipping rates for JEWELLERY orders are with Canada Post Services. Canada Post is fast, reliable and expensive. I prefer to ship parcels by air, insured, with tracking number and guaranteed delivery.

JEWELLERY - SHIPMENTS WITHIN CANADA:
Expedited Parcel: 1-7 business days delivery (depending on distance), insured, with tracking number

JEWELLERY - SHIPMENTS TO USA:
Tracked Packet or Expedited Parcel: 4-7 business days delivery (depending on distance), insured, with tracking number

JEWELLERY - SHIPMENTS TO EUROPEAN UNION, JAPAN and AUSTRALIA:
International Small Packet Air (no tracking number, no insurance). Upgrade to Tracked Packet is available in the checkout. Please choose this option if you the convenience and security of tracked shipment.

ARTWORKS - SHIPMENTS WITHIN CANADA:
Expedited Parcel: 1-7 business days delivery (depending on distance), insured, with tracking number

ARTWORKS - SHIPMENTS TO USA:
Expedited Parcel: 1-7 business days (depending on service and distance), insured, with tracking number

ARTWORKS - SHIPMENTS TO EUROPEAN UNION, JAPAN and AUSTRALIA:
Canada Post International Air Parcel, with insurance and tracking number.

Faster shipping options might be available to accommodate your needs. Please contact me if you have a special request.

TAXES and DUTIES:
If your government collects any duties and taxes on imported items, it is solely your (importer's) responsibility to pay them. Please find out beforehand what the custom regulations in your country are.

If you shop from a country not listed here, please contact me for a shipping quote.
Additional policies and FAQs
I strive to process all orders in a professional manner. If you are not fully satisfied with your order please contact me and I will work with you on resolving any issues.
Privacy
I do not collect or store your personal information.
I rely on Etsy to provide you my services, and use information collected from you by Etsy to fulfil your order, fill out shipping labels, and to communicate with you through Etsy conversations.
I comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.