Josephina Lace’s team work in “tune and perfect harmony” even being located in different parts of Brazil. They are designers, dressmakers, lacemakers, hand embroiderers, computer engineers, SEO and marketing specialists, photographers…
Some of the models, both adults and small girls, are Brazilian. Others live locally - in the Stevenage/Letchworth/Milton Keynes areas. The small girls’ parents have kindly authorised Josephina Lace to use the images of their lovely princesses, which is very generous of them and most appreciated.
PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE UK
We’ve had a few photographers, both in Brazil and in the UK, including Howard Treeby, who lives in the Stevenage area. He has helped us a couple of times https://www.absolutephotouk.com/
The lacemakers have played a very important role at Josephina Lace from the beginning of its history. Their work and “art” are utterly appreciated and admired.
TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE, THREE IS BETTER THAN TWO... AND A HANDFUL OF WOMEN SUPPORTING ONE ANOTHER IS EVEN BETTER
The making of the Renaissance lace is a work that requires skill, love and patience. Depending on the size and kind of stitching used, a lacemaker might work for up to eight months or a year on a single piece. Selling their pieces for a deserved and fair price is not easy, especially in the countryside where most of them live.
Josephina Lace aims to put together a bigger group of women lacemakers - they are wives, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters or divorcees with children - and create an association so that they can support and encourage one another, improve their trade skills and be able to get financial support from outside their group.
In Poção, in the state of Pernambuco, making Renaissance lace is a tradition passed on from mother to children and even some men make it. There are ladies and gentlemen who are in their 90s and still draw or make the lace.