Lorraine Kolasa’s work is a combination of textiles and metalwork. What started off as an experiment—casting store-bought lace, purely just to see if she could—has evolved into the casting of handmade lace, nautical knotwork, plastic canvas, and more. It’s the transformation of fiber crafts into metal, and the recontextualization of them as jewelry and wearable objects, that fascinates her—how something so soft, delicate, and often overlooked can turn into something hard, durable, and precious. Fiber crafts have been a hobby of hers for almost as long as she can remember, and they similarly hold an equally important role in the lives of countless others. They’re heritage; they’re culture; they’re therapy, both physical and mental; they’re warmth and protection and—most of all—they’re worthy of respect and celebration.
A Metro-Detroit native, Lorraine received her BFA from Eastern Michigan University (with a concentration is jewelry and metalsmithing), and currently lives in Ann Arbor, MI. She’s an active member of both the Michigan Silversmiths Guild and the Great Lakes Lace Group, and is a resident artist of Ypsi Alloy Studios in Ypsilanti, MI.