CALM 30th Anniversary Exhibit

Our Anniversary exhibit took place at the Capital Area District (CADL) Downtown Lansing Public Library during the month of October, 2016.

Grand opening – Oct. 12th 6 – 8:45 pm.

Exhibit Group Picture

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Press release from Sep. 20th, 2016


CONTACT:     Marie McCurdy


                     Capital Area Lace Makers

The Capital Area Lace Makers (CALM) 30th Anniversary Exhibit of Handmade Lace will be featured in the Capital Area District (CADL) Downtown Lansing Public Library during the month of October, 2016.  On Wednesday, October 12, the group will host a reception from 6 – 8:45 p.m. During this event, CALM members will demonstrate lace making.  On exhibition are various styles of lace produced by members of CALM who are local, out-of-state and international members.

The exhibit primarily displays bobbin lace, which may be found in many parts of the world. It flourished in Europe during the 17th, 18th and 19th century until the Industrial Revolution brought about the Levers Machine, resulting in lacemakers losing their ability to earn an income.  Bobbin lace is made with many threads, each wound around a separate bobbin.  The bobbins are shifted over and under each other, twisting the threads into different designs, shaped by pins placed among the threads as the lace is worked.  The placement of the pins is determined by a pattern of dots referred to as a pricking.  There are no knots in bobbin lace. Examples of tatted lace will also be displayed.

In the early 1980’s, Lisette Baartmans-de Graauw, while visiting from The Netherlands, taught lace classes through the East Lansing Arts and Recreation Program.  After she left, a number of her students formed the Capital Area Lace Makers (CALM) to teach lace making through workshops and classes. Over the years the group has grown substantially to include local, out-of-state, and international members, ranging in skill level from beginner to advanced. Two of the CALM members from Japan have had their designs published for lacemakers worldwide to use.  This year is the 30th Anniversary of CALM.

Throughout the month of October, lace projects completed by individual members will be on display at the library.  Featured in the Lace Exhibit is CALM’s group Withof lace piece which several CALM members collaborated on to complete. It was first exhibited in Groningen, in the Netherlands at an international lace group’s convention in 2008.  Also on display will be the current project of CALM members, a lace tablecloth.  On display will be samples of the various squares in the design as well as the lace border for the tablecloth.

CALM has organized several exhibitions to share their work with the public.  The outreach program annually presents demonstrations for community events such as the Great Lakes Folk Festival, Fenner Nature Center’s Apple Butter Festival and Meridian Heritage Festival.

The public is invited to view the lace projects throughout the month of October and to see demonstrations of lace making on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 between 6 and 8:30 p.m.   The exhibit is free to the public.