|Posted on November 10, 2011 at 5:15 PM|
Recently, a couple college students have contacted me. The first was a fashion design student who needed a crochet sample maker. The second was a student working on her BFA who is interested in textiles and lace - how cool is that. As I read over my reply e-mail to the BFA student, I realized I had elements of a mission statement forming. I wrote:
I can teach you to make many kinds of hand made lace and about the structures of machine made lace. I am fascinated by all things lace. If I could afford to specialize more in lace related things, I would. My masters degree is in Museum Studies: Costume and Textile History and Conservation. My research and studies includes representations of lace in art, styles and uses of lace, and technological developments of lace making from the beginning of time through the industrial revolution to the mid 20th century when handmade lace techniques became crafts or hobbies. I learn and teach hand skills and techniques so that the knowledge won't die.
I charge by the hour not by the student. You are welcome to coordinate a workshop and charge others to attend to cover my fees. I will custom design a workshop to suit your needs. I don't think of teaching the way professors do. I believe my students are customers paying for a service I am providing. I butted heads with a professor in graduate school who didn't teach me what I was paying to learn.
There isn't much lace making stuff up on my website because I can't afford to do things I'm not being paid to do. I gifted an incredible piece of Bedfordshire-Maltese style bobbin lace for a Van Dyke style c.16th century men's shirt collar. All I asked for in return was a photograph. I finished the lace in 2001 and I am still waiting on the photo.
I hope I can be of use to you in your studies.
Please contact me if I you would like custom designed workshop for your school, club, group, party entertainment, class, community, clique, friends, associates, meeting, retreat, company, shop, organization, co-op, building, center, family, union, troop, league, fraternaty, sorority, guild, business, lodge...
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