Iron Lady – Cal Lane

08 Mar


You would be right in thinking that there is a little bit of a theme this week, with Lace being the dominating topic.  As I was searching for inspiration for Wednesdays post I stumbled upon the amazing work of hairdresser turned sculptress Cal Lane.

Source Phil Mansfield NYT

Source Phil Mansfield New York Times

Lane’s mother owned a hairdressing Salon, and as a result of one of the staff saying she did not have what it takes to become a hairdresser, she took this as a challenge and set to prove them wrong… which whilst she did…. it was never her serious vocation.

Born on Vancouver Island, Lane studied art and welding at several schools in Canada, before she made her home on a sprawling, former farm in upstate New York. The property is owned by noted modern-and-contemporary art collectors David and Diane Waldman, who reside in Rancho Mirage, California, and allowed Lane to stay free of charge unique artist-patron relationship. They display a wheelbarrow donated by Lane in their home.

Cal Lane 1

Whilst her work has become more political in recent years, I just love the work that she has done taking everyday industrial objects and injecting a beauty into them with the lace effects of a steady hand and a cutting tool….

Cal Lane 2




filligre car parts

 Let me know what you think… mean while on with the colourful adventure…..


Posted by on March 8, 2013 in Art, Travel, United States, US Designers


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6 responses to “Iron Lady – Cal Lane

  1. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer

    March 8, 2013 at 5:38 am

    I think these designs are beautiful and imaginative. Who would ever think of a wheelbarrow with a lace bottom or shovels with lace cut-outs on their bodies? Wonderful!

    • birdcagedesign

      March 8, 2013 at 8:20 am

      They are, it is great when people are able to create beauty out of something we would normally take a second look at!

  2. This Sydney Life

    March 8, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Wow, BCD. You’ve done it again. How beautiful.

    • birdcagedesign

      March 8, 2013 at 8:19 am

      Ahh Thanks TSL, but Cal made it an easy post, they are gorgeous, and power to women with a blow torch and welding iron!

  3. marsellaj

    March 8, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Absolutely gorgeous, original and amazing. Thank heavens she didn’t want to continue as a hairdresser!

    • birdcagedesign

      March 8, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Totally agree, although I am sure there would have been some interesting haircuts! 🙂


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