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Intricately cut lace mirrors make bold statement

Lace Mirror by Lizz Aston.

Many of Lizz Aston's installations involve delicately cut paper and textiles on a large scale (one spanned three storeys of a downtown Toronto H&M store). But for her made-to-order work, she sticks to a more unyielding material: mirrored acrylic. The Toronto fibre artist brings the motifs from handmade lace and macramé into Photoshop to create "tessellating shapes and exploded views," which she then laser cuts out of the acrylic, a process she originally developed for an exhibition at Toronto's Craft Ontario Shop last summer. Now she offers two standard patterns for purchase and is working with clients to create custom sizes and shapes – working with repeating patterns allows her to use multiple acrylic sheets to go as big as she wants. She's also exploring new hues such as slate, copper and gold for an even more Baroque-modern feel. "They are so intricate and detailed," Aston says, "but bold and unafraid to assert themselves in a space." From $230, through lizzaston.com

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