Fascinated by lace because of its long history and complicated cultural background, London artist (and former textile designer) Jo Gibbs has created a line of lace-etched furniture called Up — as in upcycled, since every piece in the collection has been reclaimed and reworked.
Using a secret process called "netching," which she specially developed for her line, Gibbs transforms the abandoned into the sublime by etching lace patterns onto items that other people tend to overlook, such as slate roofing tiles and vintage wooden school chairs.
The Up collection includes slate tiles used as wall decor (soon to be carried by Anthropologie stores) and various pieces of one-off furniture. Gibbs reclaims antique tables, chairs, mirrors, lighting, tableware, and even small fashion accessories for her line. Through "netching," a variety of surfaces from leather to wood can be etched with one of Gibbs' intricate doily patterns — it almost looks like every piece features a different type of lace.
Click here to view the entire line of Up by Jo Gibbs.
(Images: Up by Jo Gibbs)