On episode 95 of the VeryPink Knits podcast, I met with Suzann Thompson as she set up her display for her exhibit, Celebrate Doilies, at the German Free School in Austin.
Suzann has collected stories and doilies as part of this exhibit which celebrates the stories behind these delicate pieces of handwork. She incorporates the doilies into her fabric and knitted quilts to give the pieces a new life of their own. Through the poems and stories, even those who don't crochet or knit can appreciate the piece of history in each item. Visitors will also appreciate Suzann's creativity in how she incorporates doilies into different textile work and also creates doilies out of unexpected fibers like her outdoor doily pictured above.
If you're in Austin or near Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, I hope you can stop in to see her collection.
Side note: The German Free School is a historic building in the heart of downtown. It was built in the 1850s by settling German immigrants who wanted a public education option for their children. Once the city developed a public school system it was shut down. Readers from other parts of the globe might be surprised to know that Austin was just a "wild-west" town until the late 1800s. One the University of Texas was founded and the state Capitol built, Austin became a "real city." Some people are still debating if it is a real city in 2018. ;) [For an interesting book about these years, check out The Midnight Assassin about one of the first known serial killers.]