Tracey Doxey uses Computer Aided Design and Shima power knit to create contemporary fine lace knitted textiles, which are inspired but not constrained by Shetland cobweb lace and by responding to place, tradition, heritage and culture. She travels back to the original site of inspiration to place the textiles back into the landscape to create site-specific photographic work. Most recently, she has returned to Shetland to place her textiles and laser cuts into derelict Croft Houses which acted as a celebration and testimony to the previous generations of inhabitants who were knitters by occupation who lived in these homes.
In February 2018, Tracey was awarded an Arts Council, Making Ways R&D Grant to return to Shetland to work with the lace knitters of Unst and to create site specific works in abandoned croft houses on the Island. She completed an internship at Alexander McQueen in April 2017 and has been supported by The Hive Innovation Fund at Nottingham Trent University. In May 2018, Tracey returned to Shetland, to the Island of Unst to record the oral histories of lace knitters still living on the island and to make site specific work in derelict croft houses using textiles and digital laser cuts placed in the windows to play with place, natural light and the view – as if seen by previous generations of women living there, through a curtain .
In October 2018, Tracey moved her work into a small studio space at Sheffield Institute of Arts when joining the AA2A Artist Residency Programme at Sheffield Hallam University. Tracey continues to develop her experimental digital laser cuts by learning and using the extensive resources at SHU and making new site specific work in Sheffield and Shetland. Currently, Tracey is working on block printing her lace designs on to walls to create the overall feeling of an imperfect lace fabric or cobeweb shawl and continues to revisit the sites of inspiration across Shetland to create site-specific work.
Below, Site-specific work, Bressay, August 2019.
Below, Hand blocked print of Bird’s Eye lace
Sheffield Institute of Arts, March 2019.