The great-granddaughter of a Slovene bobbin lacemaker, Allie’s passion is evidenced by her continued study and research of the lace of her heritage. Idrija lace has long been a favorite and treasured gift when sent by her Slovene relatives. With the help of her European cousins, she obtained the traditional materials used to make Idrija Lace so that she can carry on the tradition in the US. She has traveled to Slovenia numerous times to tour the lace making centers of Idrija, Železniki and Cerkno. She has studied under the tutelage of Metka Fortuna, director of the Idrija School of Lace and Stana Frelih, Master Teacher. In addition to weekly private lessons at her house and numerous workshop and demonstration engagements, Allie has taught beginning bobbin lace at the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, a community outreach program created for the appreciation of the ethnic arts. She also teaches bobbin lace to elementary aged children as part of the community outreach program for the school district where she works as a school librarian. Allie’s lace work and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Apprenticeship grant study project along with travel pictures were showcased at an exhibit during the summer of 2009 at the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center as part of a Slovenian Cultural Heritage Celebration. She was named a 2010 Bottle Artist and designed a “lace vase” to be auctioned off at the Bottle Works Annual Artists Hall of Fame. Her national workshop teaching experience includes Ithaca Lace Days, Ithaca, NY and Winter Lace Conference, Costa Mesa, CA. To see her current lace teaching schedule, log onto her website – www.cipkausa.com.
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