Self-portrait with Lace Collar
by Sophie Ploeg
Oil on panel
BP Travel Award 2013: £6,000
This year the BP Travel Award has been awarded to Bristol-based Dutch Artist Sophie Ploeg.
Having studied Art & Architectural History at universities in The Netherlands Ploeg, 39, won for her proposal to explore how fashion and lace was represented in 17th century art, as well as in modern applications. She will visit famous lace-making centres such as Bruges in Belgium and Honiton in Devon, modern lace makers and artists, antique lace collections and 17th century art collections, as well as undertake literary research. Sophie's final work will be inspired by her findings and will be displayed in the BP Portrait Award 2014 exhibition.