Darquer’s Artists’ Lace collection featuring Joana Vasconcelos

Over the next summer season, the lacemaker is continuing its collaboration with artists, this time featuring the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, who offers ornamental lace enhanced with embroidery. Its collections are teeming with combinations of materials, to produce a finely-crafted soft lace…

For the 2019 Spring/Summer season, Darquer presents variations on embroidered lace signed by the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, whose work explores the theme of women and their place in the world: at times tender and loving homemakers, at times warriors…

Make way for ripples with Joana Vasconcelos


©Unidade Infinita Projectos

On a repeating grid reminiscent of the ornamental fabrics of the ’30s, brown Van Dyke or black,
and as a break from the usual designs, the artist positions elegant red cotton or metallic copper
thread embroideries rippling with geometric patterns, creating a gentle movement effect.

Darquer-Vasconcelos4©Unidade Infinita Projectos

Echoing these subtle embroideries composed of semicircles inside a square (to the eye, evocative of Portuguese azulejos ceramics), another design this time features red, swirling upstrokes and downstrokes…



©Mary Poppins, 2010. Handmade woollen knitting and crochet, industrial knitted fabric, fabrics, ornaments, polystyrene, polyester, steel cables -700 x 600 x 600 cm- Collection of the artist – ©Luís Vasconcelos/Cortesia Unidade Infinita Projectos | Château de Versailles

These ornamental patterns are signature features of the work of Joana Vasconcelos and her gigantic textiles she calls “Valkyries”. The next work in this series will be unveiled at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, at a major exhibition to be held in June 2018.

Numerous works of lace selected by Joana Vasconcelos will form part of this exhibition, marking a further step by DARQUER into the world of contemporary art which is so close to its heart!

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