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It was many years ago that I last ventured into the educational and mentally engaging Powerhouse Museum. The exciting time had finally come for me to experience all things Hogwarts at Harry Potter: The Exhibition. It was absolutely fantastic by the way. I was even sorted by The Sorting Hat, and from this day forth will be a happy little Hufflepuff house girl. Anyway, after we revelled in Hagrid's Hut and threw a few quaffles, we thought we might as well investigate what else the Powerhouse Museum had to offer.
We came upon an exhibition called Love Lace and it sounded intriguing indeed. 130 lace works, by 134 artists from 20 countries; with that many worldwide contributions and artistic interpretations, we thought it was a pretty safe bet our time would not be wasted meandering around this exhibit. Love Lace is a spectacular showcase of the finalists and winning entries of the Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award.
Now don't for even a second assume this exhibit is simply full of dainty doilies and feminine, frilly fashion. This exhibition challenges your perception of the traditional ideas of lace and the artists push the boundaries with their inventive and innovative creations.
The curator of the exhibition, Lindie Ward, clearly wanted to step away from the usual definition of lace work and decided to broaden the exhibit and awards to include many interpretations, stating the exhibition would embrace any 'openwork structure whose pattern of spaces is as important as the solid areas'.
The inspiring artworks are created using a multitude of different mediums, including silver and gold wire, plant materials, fabrics such as linen, wool and silk, titanium, paper and horse hair, as well as lighting and multimedia installations.
'Are We Made of Lace?' by Lenka Suchanek
Using these materials, a variety of creations have the opportunity to come to life. You can experience a world of intricately designed, delicate jewellery and textiles and in the same step, come upon striking, large-scale installations and sculptures.
The mesmerising aspect of this exhibition is the way it allows you to realise that the space and shadows between the tangible elements of the artwork are just as important in creating the impact and story of the piece.
I found this exhibition absolutely stunning; firstly because the pieces were simply beautiful to look at, then on top of that you can find a real meaning in the pieces too.
Powerhouse Museum is open every day except Christmas day and you can purchase your tickets at the door. To access Love Lace, you simply need to by a general admission ticket. The prices are very reasonable at $12 for an adult, $6 for kids aged 4 – 15 and you can grab a family ticket for $30. If you've bought tickets for a specific exhibition like I did, then you can look around the rest of the museum at no further charge, which is awesome.
'Lacie Lorrie' by Ingrid Morley
So whether you have a love of fashion, sculpture, interior design, design in general, jewellery or just a desire to experience stunning and provocative creations, this is the exhibition for you.