An exhibition website for Lace in Translation, presented by The Design Center at Philadelphia University
For the Lace in Translation exhibition website, we created a clean design that doesn’t detract from the exhibition and highlights both the designers’ work and the Center’s lace collection. The museum is housed in a 1950s era, Hollywood-style ranch house, and the clean lines of the architecture are reﬂected in the site design. In addition to the presentation of the designers and their work, the “Your Translations” feature encourages members of the handwork and visual arts communities to submit their own work, react to others work and form a new online community around the exhibition. This site feature has been a popular destination and has received dozens of submissions.
As part of the nation’s oldest textile school, The Design Center’s historic textile collection features many artifacts from Philadelphia’s pinnacle as a national center for textile design and manufacturing. The Center’s lace collection includes some 150 machine-made lace samples and marketing materials from the Quaker Lace Company of Philadelphia. TDC also houses an extraordinary collection of hundreds of original design sketches by Quaker Lace designer Frederick Charles Vessey (1862-1948). Just as the Lace in Translation designers and artist turned to these historic designs for inspiration, Vessey himself mined such varied sources as Egyptian tomb paintings, Jacobean architectural motifs, and tin ceiling catalogs to inspire and inform his designs for the Quaker Lace product line.
The Design Center at Philadelphia University (TDC) needed a full communications plan for one of their largest exhibitions to-date, Lace in Translation. The exhibition featured new commissioned work by European designers Tord Boontje and Demakersvan, and Canadian artist Cal Lane, who used TDC’s historic Quaker Lace Company collection as inspiration for installations in and around the Center’s unique and intimate space.