With its delicate lovely netlike pattern, lace is as an ornamental fabric used on apparel and home furnishings. Indeed, its pattern is a beautiful embellishment for garments, curtains and table cloths. But Polish street artist NeSpoon uses the traditional fabric pattern to create exquisite lace murals. This talented artist does so by spray painting lace patterns on walls to add a touch of elegance to urban buildings.
We’ve seen NeSpoon’s mesmerizing works in various parts of the world including Norway, Germany, Sweden, Spain and Portugal. Now the street artist is bringing her talent to Calais, a city in northern France known for its lace-making tradition. Calais lace can be traced back as far as the beginning of the 19th century. The Industrial Revolution proved to be a turning point as the period marked the development of the lace industry in the city. To pay tribute to the lace making tradition, the city built two museums to exhibit and celebrate machine lace making. One of which is the Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode (City of Lace and Fashion) museum. And just recently, the museum commissioned NeSpoon to drape one of the building’s walls with a mural.
Mesmerizing Lace Mural On The Side Of A Museum
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The wall in Calais is ready. The project is based on a machine lace pattern made in Calais in 1894. Thank you so much for the invitation and a wonderful stay to Anne-Claire Laronde, Shazia Boucher (La Cite? de la dentelle et de la mode de la Calais @cite_dentelle_mode ) and Nicolas Dereeper (The city of Calais)! @villedecalais #art #publicart #mural #urbanart #stencil #stencilart #muralart #nes #nespoon #streetart #lace #laceart #doily #doilyart #merletto #merletti #koronka #koronki #dantel #renda #chrochet #cipka #spitze #chrochetlove @nes.poon
Just like her previous works, NeSpoon uses spray paint to create a beautiful mural on the wall. As for the design, she found inspiration from a pattern in one of the catalogs in the museum archive. She instantly fell in love with the beautiful pattern that was designed in 1894. With white spray paint, she recreated the pattern right on the side of the 19th century factory building which was later restored into a museum.
“Why laces? Because in laces there is an aesthetic code, which is deeply embedded in every culture. In every lace we find symmetry, some kind of order and harmony, isn’t that what we all seek for instinctively?”, the artist says.
When viewed from a distance, the side of the building appears to be cloaked in delicate lace fabric. But upon closer look, you’ll discover that the pattern is actually a painted mural. In addition to its great collection of lace, the museum also houses 200-year-old lace-making machines that are still working. Of course, NeSpoon’s amazing work just adds another fascinating attraction to the museum.
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