The Lace Mistress (and students)
Above: One of our own original lace tells by musician Gemma Khawaja. Lyrics by Ulysses Black
This is a paper prototype I made for the character of the Lace Mistress – in the lace schools, children as young as five would be taught to make lace by a teacher, who was often a woman with some kind of religious status. I wanted her to look quite severe as the lace schools were known as being places of strict discipline, as suggested by some of the lace tells.
Needlepin, needlepin, stitch upon stitch,
Work the old lady out of the ditch,
If she is not out as soon as I,
A rap on the knuckles will come by and by
Here’s a short video experiment showing the lace mistress teaching the little bobbin children about the Night Tangler. Script written by Ulysses Black.
Below: Video with music. Words, lyrics and video editing by Ulysses Black, music by Gemma Khawaja: