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Lacemaking: Mystery, Murder, Mayhem and LACE!

In a time when machine-made lace predominates, it is hard to imagine the fraught history of hand-made lace. Before machine lace, lace making – women’s handwork – impacted European economies, maintained class structure, inspired a lucrative smuggling trade and tax avoidance, encouraged the acquisition of experienced lace makers and generated competition among nations. Who knew a lace frill had such power?! Join Pat Hogan for an exciting look through the lace curtains of history.

Patricia (Pat) Hogan, PhD is a strong proponent of the intersections of science, engineering, and art. During her career at Suffolk University, she was a STEM professor (chemistry, environmental engineering, and environmental science) and the chairperson of two very different departments: one servicing the environmental programs (science and studies) and one servicing the art and design programs. A fiber hobbyist herself, she has tried her hand at lacemaking from tape-lace to tatting.

This event is free and open to all. No registration is required.

Join us for Pat’s followup conversation about Lacemaking: Tools, Techniques, and Traditions on Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 PM.

Event Location: 
Queset House, 1st Floor Presentation Commons