Illustrator, Artist, Needle Lace Jewelry Designer
My name is Victoria Ong.
I am an emerging fiber/textile artist focused on 3D floral designs and geometric patterns.
My first connection to art was at the age of three when I first started drawing flowers and birds. For the majority of my life, drawing was my major hobby. I studied engineering and worked in the field close to ten years before officially leaving it. In my engineering career, I specialized in 3D modeling and spatial relationships in design. It was my way of doing art in a technical field.
In 2015 I had my first encounter with standalone lace structures inspired by natural materials and forms. The motifs and high degree of skills to create needle lace spurred my desire to learn the longstanding traditions of the process. While much of the history, exact origins, and information on lacemaking is elusive, I was able to teach myself with the help of the few resources available.
In 2018, I published a book with both the traditional patterns and original patterns I developed in needle lace design to fill the void of information available. As of today, much of what I draw are loops, knots, and patterns.
I try to keep my designs as pure as possible using only needle, threads, and scissors to design my floral jewelry and accessories. The quality of lace greatly depends on the patience and control of the hands forming it. That is what makes the quality of work from one needle lace artist different from another. Some have more of a clean and polished aesthetic, while others have a more expressive and ragged aesthetic.
I am always looking for ways to design new patterns and techniques and push lacemaking into the 21st century here at Flowers in Threads. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
Oya Lace Class Saturday and Sunday March 30-31st. Send registration and checks made out to Katherine Dunlevey, 11550 Colchester Drive, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023 email@example.com
Tatting Corner Needle Lace for Beginners/Intermediate Workshop July 8th, 2018 9am-5pm
Tatting Corner Needle Lace for Beginners/ Workshop April 21st, 2018 9am-5pm