submitted by George Poulos on 18.12.2004
Knotted needle lace doily by Matina Pavlakis, synthetic thread, 1990–94.
Greek-born, Sydney-based lacemaker Matina Pavlakis has an exceptional range of needlework skills. She works enthusiastically and consistently on a variety of projects, although crochet and knotted lace are her favourites.
Pavlakis was taught crochet, tatting, knotted lace, weaving and embroidery at the Home Science College for Girls on the island of Kythera. Historically, Kythera’s important strategic position — described as the ‘eye of the Mediterranean’ — exposed its people and culture to influences from many nations. Phoenician, Venetian, English and French influences are all evident in the needlework, crochet and tapestry produced on the island.
Pavlakis migrated to Australia in 1960, bringing with her the knowledge and skills of her homeland.
Although she describes herself as ‘an unassuming housewife’, since 1975 Pavlakis has won countless prizes in district shows. In one year alone she was awarded 16 first prizes.
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