Wire Bobbin Lace with Lauran Sundin in Tuscany, 10th - 17th May 2025

8 days

Wire Bobbin Lace with Lauran Sundin in Tuscany, 10th - 17th May 2025

Journey with us to Tuscany in May 2025 and immerse yourself in a captivating creative endeavor led by the esteemed wire bobbin lace artist, Lauran Sundin. Renowned for her groundbreaking innovations in traditional bobbin lace-making techniques, Lauran's work has earned global recognition, including prestigious awards and exhibitions. She has also shared her expertise by lecturing and teaching at renowned institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia and presenting her work at Living Lace in Bruges and also at England's Rothschild’s Waddesdon Manor.

A technique driven course, Lauran will teach ‘Everything you ever wanted to know about wire bobbin lace’. She will guide participants in creating their choice of two distinct projects: graceful gold plated and grey coloured wire necklace. Instruction will be divided into 3-hour morning and afternoon sessions, culminating in a comprehensive teaching experience totalling 30 hours across 5 days.

One day during the stay will be dedicated to leisure. The morning will be spent exploring the grandeur of Villa Reale, the former residence of Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, Napoleon's sister and the Princess of Lucca, followed by a delightful visit to Lucca for lunch and a bit of shopping in the local haberdasheries.

Accommodations will be provided at the exquisite 4-star hotel "Villa La Principessa," just a few minutes from the historic walled city of Lucca. All meals are included, with each room featuring an ensuite bathroom. Magnifying lamps will be available in the studio for all participants.

In addition to the artistic pursuits, participants will have the opportunity to visit the iconic leaning tower of Pisa and savor a wine tasting experience at a local vineyard.

Limited spaces are available for this exceptional experience, and we eagerly anticipate the opportunity to welcome you to Italy for this unforgettable Tuscan adventure.

This experience is suitable for all skill levels, from absolute beginner to experienced lace makers.




About The Host

Lauran Sundin

Lauran Sundin

Lauran Sundin is a renowned artisan whose innovations on traditional bobbin lace-making techniques have garnered awards and exhibitions world-wide. Exciting opportunities have included: lecturing and teaching at the Metropolitan Museum in New York; presenting her work at the Rothschild’s Waddesdon Manor in England; exhibiting and teaching at the “World Lace Congress” in Bruges, Belgium. Her work has been seen in major trade publications including IOLI Bulletin, Powerline Magazine, Surface Design, and the prestigious German journal Textile Forum. Lauran and her husband divide their time between their two boats, a converted tug in Maine and a canal boat in England.

The pursuit to understand the naturalistic patterns of weaving took her around the world: to Guatemala, where she studied with indigenous Indians; to Japan to investigate Kumihumo braiding techniques; and to the University of Hawaii where she studied the intricacies of Asian textiles. Most recently the Artelier Moravia in Haarlev, Denmark, where she experimented with traditional and abstract bobbin lace.

A weaving and bobbin lace background has made her approach to jewelry design very different from that of most jewelers. Rather than cutting a shape from a piece of metal, she achieves the desired result thorough building up the form using individual wires and their ability to be structurally sound through twists and turns. The three dimensional creation of 14-22 Karat Gold and Sterling laced wires introduces sculptural qualities and considerations of shape, form, aesthetics, layering, joining, and shadow effects. In analyzing these new design options, Lauran has created original solutions and transported lace to places it has never been. Since so few people have tried what she is doing, she says the challenge of experimentation and solving problems has become part of the fun.



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