All Virtual Lectures will be held between 15:00 – 18:00 Central European Time on Zoom. The lectures will be recorded and available on YouTube for all registered Virtual Congress participants. YouTube has a translation capability – with subtitles.

History of Italian Three Pairs Flanders Stitch,
Wednesday 17 July 15:00 CET
Rosita d’Ercoli, Italy

Since 1995, Rosita has been a pattern designer and a teacher of lacemaking and the history of lace. She is an archives researcher and author of numerous articles and books. She is a collector of ancient lace and tools. Rosita is a founding partner of Associazione Fuselliamo and is the editor of its magazine “Fuselliamo” of lace patterns.

The Lace Collection in the Barcelona Museum of Design
Wednesday 17 July 16:30 CET
Joan Miquel Llodrà, University of Barcelona, Spain

Joan Miquel Llodrà is an Art Historian. Since 2007 his research has been focused on Catalan lace history, especially in the period of the turn of the century. Llodrà has investigated some people –men and women- related to laces in different fields: lacemakers, lace dealers, collectors, designers, historians… He has been the curator of exhibitions in the Lace Museum of Arenys de Mar. Between 2022 and 2023 he was in charge of studying the lace collection in the Barcelona Museum of Design.

Metal Lace on Traditional Dress
Linda Gross, USA Saturday 20 July 15:00 CET

Linda has been collecting traditional dress for over 40 years. As an international folk dancer, she came to appreciate the diversity of traditional clothing. She felt that knowing how to make lace could be useful in case she needed to mend the lace on the pieces in her collection.  Her collection of traditional dress spans the globe and includes pieces from Western and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

Devon Thein, USA Saturday 20 July 16:30 CET

Inspired by seeing lacemakers in Bruges, Devon began to make lace in 1971. She has been a volunteer in the lace collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2000 and in 2012 selected the objects and wrote the label text for the exhibit Gems of European Lace, ca. 1600-1920. She was the guest curator and wrote the catalog for the 2018 Hunterdon Art Museum exhibit Lace, not Lace: Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques. She has published over 50 articles about lace and has recently been creative director of Lace Lectures, the online lecture series for the International Organization of Lace. An Honorary Member of the IOLI, and co-founder of the Brooklyn Lace Guild, she is also a lace collector. Devon thought of the idea of Lace Identification Bingo during the pandemic while exploring online amusements for the IOLI virtual convention.

The Archives Tell a Story
Sunday 21 July 15:00 CET
Geneviève Olloix, Departmental Archives of Puy-de-Dôme, France

As an actor in this cultural event, Geneviève Olloix will guide us in this retrospective of the information contained in the Archives and encourage us to resurrect these great prickings. More than 200 drawings, available to all, free of rights, are waiting to be “reinterpreted,” with the only obligation to indicate their origin.

Introduction to a Method for Creating 3D Bobbin Lace
Julie Agrain, France Sunday 21 July 16:30 CET
In 2020, Julie Agrain earned a master’s degree in design from the École Supérieure d’Art et de Design d’Orléans. Her professional journey commenced with internships alongside notable designers and textile artists such as Morgane Baroghel-Crucq and Sheila Hicks. Following this, she transitioned into a role as a researcher in textile engineering and design for the University of Clermont-Auvergne and the lace manufacturer Fontanille Scop.

Over a span of three years, Agrain actively participated in the “Dentellation” research program, led by Adélaide Albouy-Kissi. This program aimed to integrate the expertise of lacemaking with new technologies, with the overarching goals of preserving, transmitting, and reinventing bobbin lace. The outcomes of this research culminated in the development of a manufacturing technique for crafting 3D bobbin lace, employing contemporary tools.

The Lace Factories of Retournac
Wednesday 24 July 15:00 CET
Fanny Roilett, Heritage Conservation Officer, Director of the Museum of Lace Manufactures, France

Fanny Roilette holds a Master’s degree in Art History from the Sorbonne. She is the heritage conservation officer and Director of the Musée des Manufactures de Dentelles de Retournac since 2022.

Fashioning Our World – Unpicking the past to thread together the future
Wednesday 24 July 16:30 CET
Katy England, Salisbury Museum, Great Britain

Katy is passionate about inspiring people to connect with the past, particularly with museum collections. This has included a redisplay of the museum’s Fashion Gallery and more recently Fashioning Our World, which aims to tell the stories of sustainability from the collection in a variety of ways including a sustainable fashion show and an exhibition. Both these projects have been supported by the The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund – delivered by the Museums Association. Over the last seven years Katy has been working alongside young people aged between 11 and 25 to explore the Fashion Collection at Salisbury Museum.

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