The Torchon Collection
Hand worked Torchon lace in silver and gold. Traditional skill, contemporary style.
Lace making is one of the world's oldest forms of wire work. I began making lace when I discovered lace makers in my ancestry.
When training in Hatton Garden as a goldsmith, I discovered lace makers in my family. Sir Stuart Town has work held at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Lady Christine Town made an altar piece at Wells Cathedral. It's quite a legacy to live up to, and I am still trying! I may never reach their heady heights of skill, but I will always strive for the best, innovating my use of lace making and pushing to explore what my materials, fine silver and gold, can do. Every piece in this collection is entirely handmade from beginning to end. Nothing is cast or batch produced.
The maleability of fine silver and gold allows me to manipulate metal, almost, like thread. Using the Torchon ground and spider stitches, I designed the pricking (pattern) that this collection uses in repeated raindrop leaf shapes. It took time to develop my technique, making my own tools, and altering my bobbins, pillow and pins to enable me to manipulate traditional lace making skills into a contemporary luxury craft.
This collection continues to evolve, with plans afoot using light and wings. Watch this space!
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