Project Description

2-Day Lace Design Workshop with Pierre Fouché

Join us for this special two-day program with world-renowned lace artist Pierre Fouché, in his first – and only – workshop he’s teaching in the United States.

This program kicks off with an artist’s talk titled The Lacemaker and the Sailor, in which Fouché will give a behind-the-scenes look at his studio practice that spans more than a decade of art lacemaking, textiles, and work in traditional media.

A design lecture on figurative lace follows the talk. It will cover more technical information while outlining the creative process from conception to completion.  Students will be presented with a variety of options to consider in answering the question, “How can I make this in lace?”

Students will then participate in a hands-on workshop,  which Fouché calls “The Binche Algorithm,” learning how to interpret irregular lace shapes without having to draw and follow a thread diagram. Participants will undertake a progressively challenging series of exercises/lace puzzles, which aims to demystify free-styling lace. There will be a specific focus on the thread movements of Flanders and Binche techniques through a series of exercises that will give students the opportunity to “feel” their way through these styles as they incorporate them into contemporary lace pieces.

This workshop is ideal for anyone with an intermediate knowledge of lacemaking, or for beginners with some experience in working linen stitch in either Torchon or Point-Ground.

Fouché‘s art was included in the Hunterdon Art Museum’s recent groundbreaking exhibition Lace, not Lace: Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques.  Fouché’s production spans a number of distinctive media and approaches, including traditional craft techniques, recontextualised found objects, performances and interventions. In 2007 he was awarded one of South Africa’s most prestigious art prizes: the Absa L’Atelier award. He is represented by Whatiftheworld gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, where he lives.

Click HERE for the materials list.

Click HERE to view Pierre Fouchés’ website.

Early registration rewards do not apply to this workshop. 

Featured image: The Judgment of Paris (after Wtewael) II, 2015, bobbin lace and macramé in polyester braid

WINTER –  829A (FULL!)
  • Age:  Adults and teens, age 16 and up
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • 2 Days: Saturday, April 6 & Sunday April 7
  • Instructor: Pierre Fouché
  • Tuition: $400; Member: $380
  • Registration for this class is now closed. 

WINTER –  829B

  • Age:  Adults and teens, age 16 and up
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • 2 Days: Tuesday, April 9 & Wednesday, April 10
  • Instructor: Pierre Fouché
  • Tuition: $400; Member: $380
  • Registration for this class is now closed.