UTS Library

Exhibition - Data Lace by Cecilia Heffer

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Data Lace is an ethereal paper lace installation created by textile artist Cecilia Heffer to be suspended in the central stairwell of UTS Library as part of the inaugural Sydney Craft Week (6 -15 October 2017) a city-wide festival bringing together the creative diversity of Sydney's contemporary craft community. Data Lace 2017 is a creative responsive to a selected environment - a workplace. Through a series of daily walking expeditions from an office to a design studio, ephemera in the form of shredded paper documents were collected and transformed into an installation of fragmented information, numbers and words - a Data Lace.

Data Lace ImageOn display 28 September – 3 November
UTS Library stairwell - Level 2

Craft Up Late Exhibition Opening & Artist Talk
5 - 7pm Wednesday 11 October
UTS Library foyer
Artist Talk
Cecilia Heffer & Zoë Sadokierski
6pm Wednesday 11 October
UTS Library Level 2 - Events Space


Cecilia's work plays with the aesthetics of pattern, texture and layering, relying on the relationship between micro details and the macro, or spatial, elements of the textile piece. The stitching also notates and organises the material and reimagines the traditional textile methods of lace production. Cecilia explains:

Lace has proven to be a complex textile with a unique material language enabling me to innovate, play or subvert the design process to make new work.

The exhibition opening will feature an artist talk with Cecilia and Visual Communications Designer Zoë Sadokierski. Together they will talk about their practice, ongoing collaborations in creating artist books, investigations into alternative forms of publications and discuss their joint publication; Lace Narratives: A Monograph 2005-2015, published by UTS ePRESS. This exhibition and talk celebrate the value of practice-led research, with Data Lace and Lace Narratives together exemplifying the results of experimental textile production methods and alternative publishing models.

Cecilia is a Senior Lecturer in the Fashion and Textiles program at UTS where she combines her teaching with research and art practice. She gained her Masters in Textiles at London's Central Saint Martins. Her creative practice spans thirty years and focuses on contemporary translations of lace, highlighting the importance of storytelling. Her research specifically explores the integration of the handmade with emerging technologies as a vehicle for innovative textile design concepts.

Cecilia has received a number of awards including research grants for the development of her work from the Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council of the Arts. She was also guest curator for the 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial Group Exchange, a key national touring exhibition (2014-2016) providing audiences with an overview of developments in contemporary textile art practice.In 2007, Cecilia was commissioned by Sydney Living Museums to design lace curtains for NSW Government House and her work has been acquired by both national andinternational collections such as the MAAS – (Powerhouse Museum), the National Gallery of Victoria, The Centralne Muzeum as well as the Tamworth and Wangaratta Regional Galleries.




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UTS Library curates a series of exhibitions each year that showcase works produced by UTS students and staff. The Library is a point at which the entire University connects and these exhibitions create opportunities for cross-disciplinary encounters, encouraging the exchange of knowledge, ideas and research between academic groups and faculties.