Pierre Fouche portrait photo

Pierre Fouché: lace artist visits WA to deliver masterclasses and a free lecture

Pierre Fouché, South African lace artist, visits Perth. Hosted by Maker&Smith. Supported by WA Maritime Museum and IOTA. Part of Fremantle Design Week.

Internationally respected artist Pierre Fouché shares his journey with contemporary lacemaking in an illustrated lecture.

Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Pierre is the guest of Maker&Smith to deliver masterclasses in contemporary lace design in Perth. In 2021, he exhibited two extraordinary works at John Curtin Gallery for the first Indian Ocean Craft Triennial: Curiosity & Rituals of the Everyday.

With a deep respect for technique, tradition, and innovation, Pierre’s practice includes bobbin lace, macramé, and drawn thread embroidery alongside traditional fine art. These multi-skills lend beautifully to the creative approach of his classes and inspirational talks, which encourage technical, design thinking as well as imaginative flair.

Watch Pierre’s lecture – recorded.

Since graduating in 2006 from the University of Stellenbosch, Pierre has presented 10 solo exhibitions, contributed to numerous international exhibitions, symposiums and commissioned by global brands and institutions. Notable group exhibitions include ‘Lace/not lace’, Hunterdon Art Museum, New Jersey; ‘Crafted: Objects in flux’, Boston Museum of Fine Arts (2018); ‘Women’s work’, Iziko South African National Gallery (2016); and the touring ‘Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community’, first exhibited at Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York (2015).

This talk is supported by the WA Maritime Museum and Indian Ocean Craft Triennial Inc. And is a part of the first Fremantle Design Week.