Mary Coleman
Mary Coleman

I discovered lacemaking in the late 1980s and it soon took over from the other crafts that I did at the time. I am keen to pass on my knowledge to anyone who is willing to learn, especially children. They will be the lacemakers of the future. I like to adapt traditional techniques to a modern experimental approach, and enjoyed studying for the City & Guilds Certificate and Diploma. Most of my inspiration comes from where I live, alongside the Staffs and Worcestershire canal.

I mix copper wire and silk paper, wool, and even felting if the design requires it. I enjoy using unusual materials, and think it important to stretch the boundaries and bring contemporary lace to a wider audience. As a member of 98 Lace, a group of like minded lacemakers, I am committed to making this a reality.

Scarf End Swirls (detail)
Wrought and Rusty Revisited