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Delicate Lace Patterns Overlay Facades in Ornate Large-Scale Murals by NeSpoon

August 9, 2022

Grace Ebert

Polish artist NeSpoon (previously) continues to add to her expansive collection of murals that merge local craft traditions and street art. Having traveled around Europe in recent months, she's completed pieces in France, Spain, and Italy, to name a few, and each oversized motif recreates a lace pattern sourced from a museum or resident at a massive scale. The resulting works, which are spray-painted in white, are intricate studies of the region's florals, ornamental styles, and tatting methods and how they differ throughout cultures and eras.…

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June 2022 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists

June 1, 2022

Colossal

Every month, Colossal shares a selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies. If you'd like to list an opportunity here, please get in touch at [email protected] You can also join our monthly Opportunities Newsletter.   Open Calls The 13th Epson International Pano Awards Open internationally, the 13th annual Epson International Pano Awards celebrates all facets of panoramic photography. The competition will award more than $40,000 in prizes, including $14,000 in cash. There is an entry fee of $22 per submission. Deadline: Midnight (UTC-11) on July 11,…

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Ornate Murals by Nespoon Cloak Blank Facades in Traditional Lace Patterns

August 14, 2021

Grace Ebert

Every inch of Nespoon’s elaborately designed murals is rooted in local history. Prior to sketching one of her large-scale lace patterns on a residential building or commercial facade, the Warsaw-based artist (previously) visits museums and meets with residents to learn more about the region's culture and its ties to fiber arts. "I respect and commemorate the emotional bound between individual patterns and particular cities or even particular groups of lacemakers. If there is no tradition of lace making in the area where I work, I…

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An Intricate Lace Mural Envelops the Facade of a French Fashion Museum

September 29, 2020

Grace Ebert

On France's northern shores lies the port city of Calais, a municipality that once was a destination for lace manufacturers. To escape economic and social difficulties, English textile artists and engineers immigrated in the late 19th Century, often establishing clandestine operations that defied patent laws by bringing specialty machines and practices to the region. Soon after, Calais became an industrial hub for lace manufacturing, employing around 40,000 residents. A new mural by Warsaw-based artist Nespoon (previously) celebrates that rich history through an oversized textile that envelops the facade of a factory. The…

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Traditional Lace Patterns Spray-Painted onto Museums, Residences, and Walls by NeSpoon

January 22, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

Polish artist NeSpoon (previously) creates spray-painted murals and textile installations based on traditional lace motifs. Her public paintings often stretch the height of multi-story urban structures, while her yarn works cling to passageways and trees like enlarged spiderwebs. Recent public pieces include a mural for the Museum of Fine Art and Lace (Musée des Beaux-arts et de la Dentelle) in Alençon, France based on the designs of French lace makers Brigitte Lefebvre and Thérèse Lemoine, a piece for…

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New Lace Street Art Created with Ceramic, Textile, and Spray Paint by NeSpoon

September 29, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

Polish artist NeSpoon (previously here and here) focuses on lace motifs that cover the walls, streets, and public parks found in urban environments. The lace works are either painted directly onto the surface or formed from clay, each handmade by herself or the traditional folk artists with whom she works. "In lace there is an aesthetic code which is deeply embedded in every culture," says NeSpoon. "In every lace we find symmetry, and some kind of order and harmony. Isn't that what we all seek for instinctively?" Recently NeSpoon has created work in Wroclaw, Auckland, Pont-l'Abbé, and Warsaw. You can see…

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