Celebrate Doilies! Exhibit
Celebrate Doilies! Exhibit
Honoring past and present doily-makers through photos and stories; doily art quilts by Suzann Thompson; and poems by Sandi Horton.
Honoring past and present doily-makers through photos and stories; doily art quilts by Suzann Thompson; and poems by Sandi Horton. Read more
About this project
Really, I wish you wouldn't watch the video, because I'm just not that cool or pleasantly snarky. Okay, I'm not cool or snarky at all. Instead, I hope you will read this story, enjoy the photos, and know how many people have taken part in this project already.❤️
Pretty much everyone who knows me knows that I knit and crochet, so they talk to me about knitting and crochet in their own lives. Lately it seems more and more people ask me or tell me about their mother's/grandmother's/aunt's doilies.
People are proud of their family heirloom crochet, but it bothers them that it is mostly hidden away in drawers and cupboards.
Doilies have started making their way into my textile art. Sometimes you will see them as lacy table mats, just like they are in real life. Other times you'll find doily snowflakes or comets.
When the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council offered to display my work at their gallery, it won't surprise you that I suggested a show of doily-themed artwork.
I wondered how to broaden the appeal of this show beyond the people who already appreciate textile art, because they'll come and see the exhibit no matter what.
The answer was to bring some of those crocheted family heirlooms I told you about, into the light of day!
So for the last several months I have had the privilege of interviewing people in my community and beyond about their family members who crochet doilies. They have told some lovely stories--happy, interesting, and poignant. They have shared memories and sentiments and history. I have taken photos of their doilies.
In the Celebrate Doilies! exhibit, their stories will be told on posters like the one below, mounted alongside the wall hangings.
To round out the exhibit, we will feature poetry by Sandi Horton.
I met poet Sandi at a conference where I was speaking about the Celebrate Doilies! exhibit.
She told me about doilies and other crocheted items that her mother and grandmothers made. She said, "I would like to write poems about them."
That sounded like a wonderful idea!
Our collaboration grew and grew. Sandi wrote poems about doilies made by her family members. She wrote poems about my wall hangings.
Sandi has made one doily in her life—this green and white one—and her struggle informed a poem which you can read here.
You can find Sandi on Facebook at My House of Poetry.
It's wonderful how many people are involved in Celebrate Doilies! already. With your involvement, we can complete the last few parts of this project and open the show in July with all stories, poems and wall hangings.
After debuting at the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council Gallery, Celebrate Doilies! will begin its life on the road with a month-long exhibit in Granbury, Texas, starting at the end of August. (Check here for dates and venues.)
Looking forward to this adventure with you, I am
Very truly yours,
Your Generosity Will Fund…
- Printing the family heritage posters on foam core board to hang at the Celebrate Doilies! exhibit. Also, printing two doily history posters courtesy of Coats & Clark, and one is a big THANK YOU poster listing all my supporters at Kickstarter.
- Printing Sandi's poems and mounting them to foam core board.
- The purchase of mounting strips for the posters.
- Printing and mailing the show postcard, which will feature the wall hanging "Winterling."
- Providing light refreshments for the closing reception in Stephenville, Texas, where Sandi Horton will read her poetry.
- Kickstarter fees, which amount to around 10% of the total amount we raise for Celebrate Doilies!
- Fulfilling the rewards for you, who generously support this community effort. Fulfillment costs include the cost of the reward + delivery.
Risks and challenges
The good news is that the wall hangings are finished—though I may make another one before the show opens. Sandi has written the poetry.
All the interviews and photos for the debut exhibit are complete.
I still have around 12 family stories to write up and compile into posters for the debut of Celebrate Doilies! in Stephenville, Texas. I need to get them to the printer to be done in time for opening day.
To meet this challenge, I have planned a schedule for writing the family stories, and my goal is to deliver the formatted posters to the printer no later than June 20. I will post updates on my progress here at Kickstarter.
Since I'm an experienced writer, I'm used to working to a deadline. I'm disciplined enough to get the job done in time. (Please visit my website to see my crochet books, or follow the link to my CV.)
Fulfilling the rewards won't be a problem, since the timing for delivery is after the show starts. By then I'll be freeeeeee to prepare them and send them out to you. I'll be very thrilled to do that!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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