Dirty Doilies on Display

When I was in Indianapolis a couple weeks ago, I saw this badass exhibition at the Indiana State Museum called Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting. I loved a lot of the stuff, like the skulls below, and thought, “Boy, I can’t wait to see more.” Then I get home, and Soap Gallery tells me they’re about to debut a showcase of nothing but radical and subversive crocheted doilies, like the ones above! Thanks, Soap Gallery!

The exhibition is called When Doilies Go Bad, the artist’s name is Laura Mappin, and the opening is Saturday at 6pm. More here.

Update: There’s more over at Bender’s too:


7 Responses to “Dirty Doilies on Display”

  1. Tom Lucier says:

    Yet another reason to make me want to live on the other side of the continent, and in another country. Canada doesn’t allow this kind of doilie action.

  2. Rhiannon says:

    Yeah, they’re all over Benders! I was having a grand time last night looking at all of them, drooling, wishing my great-granny’d had these doilies draped over all the arms of her fancy chairs!

  3. addiefleur says:

    Tommy Lucifer—You can be humourless and not go to jail for it and the rest of us can have a sense of humour and you cannot put us in jail for ithat, so isn’t America wonderful!

    The link warned you anyway, so shut it!

    Seriously though, the penis one is gross:)

  4. Allan Hough says:

    Wait, I thought Tom was saying he *likes* this stuff. No? Also, I love the penis one.

  5. angel says:

    wow absolutely fabulous and amazing and the artist is very creative.Would love to have some of those in my house would be a real talking point with any guests.Good on her.Oh and we aussies also have a sense of humor and i for one am not offended.

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  8. Jonny-B says:

    Classic designs…I remember as a small child much the same were scattered around gramma’s house..with small bowls of candy and trinket trays resting nicely upon them…I always wondered if they might be more well suited laying on the nightstand to be used as an “after session” wipe up towelette? so charming! ..it even inspired this little tune….

    Well hello Doily, well hello Doily..it’s so nice to have you back where you belong..
    You’re looking swell Doily, what the hell, Doily..I’m still showin’ I’m still growin’ I’m still blowin’ strong..
    You wrap around nicely, you clean me so precisely. the pretty lace, please don’t race, I’m doin all I can to maintain the pace..
    well hello Doily, please don’t tell Doily…you’re the best, you passed the test, through struggle and toil, a little soiled but that’s simply the case..

  9. Jonny-B says:

    Wait til I shoot this off to Wilk, Stevo, Mike and Brian…oh brother…