Gil Dye Gil is a lace maker and researcher who enjoys sharing her interest through teaching, books, articles and talks. She specialises in 16th and 17th century bobbin lace and is intrigued by the way creative textile techniques have intermingled over the past 500 years. As a member of the executive committee of The Lace Guild she helped to establish a City and Guilds Lacemaking assessment and also prepared the successful application for the Lace Guild to become a Registered Museum. Gil has been involved with Creative Lives since the inaugural meeting of VAN in 1991, including six years as a Board member. In the early years she was the only person at meetings speaking for crafts and visual arts and is delighted that these now have equal standing with music and other performing arts.