February 16th, 2009
Amazing Lace, How Sweet
Still reliving Marrakech, our loveliest project was stenciling a large custom lace pattern on a little sweetheart’s floor. Maryam wrote a beautiful post about her daughter here, and we were lucky to get an assist from darling Skylar herself.
She was very patient, meticulous, and quite proud-as well she should be!
The lace was simply done with grey concrete paint over a white base….
…and the large pattern was completed using two different sections. The stencil is NOW available through our Royal Design Studio website here. I so enjoyed working out this lace pattern that I am anxious to do more. Imagine how inspired I feel to have come back across a website for artist Cal Lane that I archived months ago that features gorgeous lace patterns used quite unexpectedly. As in….
Wheelbarrows and shovels….
…and car parts.
This work is reminiscent of that from the Designed in Dust post and Cal also plays off that idea in some of her installation work. These patterns here are all plasma-cut from steel objects with the idea of creating “desirable oppositions”. From the artist’s statement
I like to work as a visual devil’s advocate, using contradiction as a vehicle for finding my way to an empathetic image, an image of opposition that creates a balance – as well as a clash – by comparing and contrasting ideas and materials.This manifested in a series of “Industrial Doilies”, pulling together industrial and domestic life as well as relationships of strong and delicate, masculine and feminine, practical and frivolity, ornament and function. There is also a secondary relationship being explored here, of lace used in religious ceremonies as in weddings, christenings and funerals.
This work truly blows me away. Let there be lace!
Skylar’s Lace is an international sensation (thanks to Maryam’s gorgeous photos and insane popularity). How cool that is it featured on Design*Sponge, de (coeur) acao, ZSOFI berendez!, Wide Open Spaces and More Ways to Waste Time. I don’t even know what language some of these are in but I’m grateful!
February 17th, 2009 at 11:02 am
One of the best parts is that despite the industrial appearance of her work, Cal Lane is a woman. Pic here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/30/realestate/30habi.html?scp=1&sq=cal%20lane&st=cse
February 17th, 2009 at 11:03 am
Wonderful design ideas can only come from the city beautiful,Marrakesh,what a lovely inspiration.
February 17th, 2009 at 11:16 am
Thanks for clarifying that Jean! I will edit that to correct it.
February 18th, 2009 at 12:43 am
Thanks for adding this wonderfull idea. I hope that my HUNGARIAN readers will like at as we all are!
February 19th, 2009 at 4:09 pm
February 19th, 2009 at 10:56 pm
nice! found this on mwtwt and was reminded of your gorgeous blog! i am mad for lace. check out my dining room table made from antique doilies
i bet you could get a similar effect with stencils on glass or plexiglass…
February 20th, 2009 at 8:45 am
LOVE that table Lynn! You can do some really cool things with lace and patinated mirror by misting the solution onto the exposed back so that is tarnishes in the pattern of the lace. I have pictures I will post soon from last weeks class/playground.
March 23rd, 2009 at 11:30 am
What kind of flooring was underneath? Was this done on wood flooring?
March 23rd, 2009 at 12:41 pm
It’s concrete paint on a concrete slab. You COULD do it on wood or even over painted vinyl flooring.
March 23rd, 2009 at 1:53 pm
Thanks for the response!
Is the paint industrial concrete paint?
June 25th, 2009 at 6:51 am
I love the lacy floor, but the link to where to buy the stencil didn’t work for me. Can you tell me where I can buy that floor stencil, Skylar’s Lace?
June 25th, 2009 at 7:02 am
Oh, I found it — $200 — Wow, Expensive! Well, it was fun while the dream lasted.
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November 12th, 2009 at 10:06 am
Save your money and buy it, the stencil is worth $200. I did a room starting with a small croc stencil some time back, I ordered the production stencil saved all kinds of time.
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September 3rd, 2010 at 10:29 am
awesome designs. especially the car part. hmm want to put the design on my car. guess wht? it’ll be CAN’T CLOSE MY EYES situation.
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