Carol’s work has been displayed in many exhibitions in the UK and other European countries and she disseminates her research through publications and at international conferences. Her post-doctoral research focuses on the history, manufacture and design of lace, net curtains and lace panels. Her practice is inspired by nineteenth-century gothic fiction, veiling, domesticity, women’s history and subversive stitching.

PhD ‘The domestic veil: exploring the net curtain through the uncanny and the gothic’ UCA Farnham (University of Brighton) 2015
MA in contemporary crafts (textiles) UCA Farnham 2009
City & Guilds lacemaking Part II 1995, Part I 1993
BSc Biology, London University
MSc Information Science, City University


Quarini C. Early twentieth century Nottingham lace curtains: An ideal window furnishing. Textile History 2024 (published online May 2024)
Quarini C. Harry Cross: Traces of a machine lace designer. Text 2023; 50: 39-45
Quarini C. Domestic trauma: textile responses to confinement, coercion and control. TEXTILE 2023; 21(2): 509-524
Quarini C. Neo-Victorianism, feminism and lace: Amy Atkin’s place at the dinner table. TEXTILE 2021 19(4): 433-453
Quarini C. Polish lace makers: Gender, heritage, and identity, Anna Sznajder (book review) Craft Research 2020; 11(2): 333-336
Quarini C. The domestic veil: the net curtain in the uncanny home. TEXTILE 2020 18(3): 231-248
Quarini C. Unravelling the Battle of Britain lace panel. TEXTILE 2020; 18(1): 24-38
Quarini C. Lace unarchived exhibition review. TEXTILE 2019; 17(3): 277-279
Quarini C. The Battle of Britain commemorative lace panel: then and now. Lace 2018; 170: 17-21
Quarini C. Beauty in biology. Be Creative with Workbox 2017; 161: 45-50
Quarini C. Freestyle lace. Be Creative with Workbox 2016; 156: 28-33
Quarini C. Subversive stitch. Be Creative with Workbox 2015; 150: 34-39
Quarini, C. Book review of Lace:here:now. Textile History 2015; 46(1): 138-139
Quarini, C. Conference review of Lace: the transgressive thread. Textile History 2014; 45(2): 261-262
Quarini, C. The cut works of Piper Shepard. Selvedge May/June 2014: 90-91
Quarini, C. The Lace Research Network. Lace 2014; 154: 49
Quarini C. Queen Anne’s lace. Lace 2013; 151: 44-45
Quarini C. Cloth and memory. Lace 2012; 147: 46-47
Quarini C. The transparent domestic boundary. In: Lost in Lace. Lesley Millar (ed) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 2011
Quarini C. Discover a world of inspiration. Embroidery 2011 Sept/Oct: 47
Quarini C. The lace mat with a voice. Lace 2010; 137: 20-21
Quarini C. In the background: silk paper. Lace 2007; 125: 17-19

Presentations at international conferences

2020 The impact of textile design education on the 19th century lace curtain trade Drawing the threads symposium Nottingham, UK
2018 The Battle of Britain lace panel Lace unravelled symposium Nottingham, UK
2017 The use of contemporary textile practice to reveal the ‘missing persons’ in the Battle of Britain lace panel Missing persons: contemporary histories of textile knowledge, skills, technologies and materials symposium Nottingham, UK
2016 Tambour lace: recording domestic secrets Hybrid lace conference Limerick, Eire
2014 The domestic veil: an exploration of the net curtain Lace and the museum Edinburgh, UK
2014 Twisted threads: subversive domestic lace Lace: the transgressive thread Farnham, UK

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