Marian Núñez – Artisan Lacemaker


Adventures in Time & Lace

The days are getting shorter and I feel like we need something bright in lacemaking this month to cheer us. Cue Marian Núñez!

Marian Núñez is a Spanish artisan lacemaker and an Art History, Design, Drawing and Lacemaking teacher at the Arts & Crafts School in Vigo, who explores the experimental and avant garde side of lacemaking. Núñez creates lace in innovative ways using shape, structure, volume and colour and her lace artwork is vibrant and intriguing.

Marian Núñez - Alone - lace and sea glass Photo Credit: Marian Núñez - artisan lacemaker
Marian Núñez – Alone. All photos are by the artist.

Núñez talks about her work and her lacemaking processes. She describes volume being a key factor in her pieces. “Instead of having paintbrushes and paints I have lots of coloured threads, diverse materials, silk, cotton, linen…

Marian Núñez – A Couple

Núñez describes using traditional stitches in a contemporary way. In lacemaking, if the basic stitches are used in a different way, moved differently, new possibilities emerge.

Marian Núñez - Coraza Photo Credit: Marian Núñez
Marian Núñez – Coraza

Núñez defines her works as organic artisan lace and takes her inspiration from everything that surrounds her. She also says that music plays a very important role in her creation process, something I find very interesting. “It makes me work in a different way, fluctuate; sometimes I have the feeling that the threads are flying.

Marian Núñez – While Good Men Die… Rats Eat

Feelings are very important to her, Núñez talks about needing to find something else in the thread when it was cut, life was taken from it and with her lacemaking she tries to give life back to the threads in a different way.

Marian Núñez - I'm Waiting For You Photo Credit: Marian Núñez.  An example of artisan lace
Marian Núñez – I’m Waiting For You

You can enjoy a terrific interview with Marian over at the Bobbin Lace Online website, and discover more of her portfolio on Behance.

Marian Núñez – Eat Your Ego (Part Two)

Do you have amazing lace to share? Can you recommend a lace artist that we should know about? Let us know!

Tracey Wright

Tracey Wright is an NHS Recovery Worker by day & trying to be creative at all other times! Tracey is a member of the Aragon Lacemakers, who work to keep the making of handmade Bedfordshire lace alive by learning & making lace together. Tracey was taught to make handmade bobbin lace at school as a child & has returned to this craft in the past few years. Tracey is interested not only in learning about the history of lacemaking & its vast range of styles & techniques to contribute to preserving this traditional craft, but also in exploring how lacework is being used in art & craft today in new & exciting ways to show it is still fresh & contemporary.

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