Lisa Solomon's Infectious Crocheting

Lisa Solomon's Infectious Crocheting

Lisa Solomon, Doily Virus: Rotavirus

Doily Virus: Rotavirus, 2010, acrylic, ink, colored pencil, graphite, felt, glasshead pins, embroidery on Dura-Lar

Ah, the doily: a stuffy, frilly knickknack that belongs under a chintzy teacup, right? Not so for Lisa Solomon, who has reimagined this crocheted classic, using it to express environmental toxins and viruses at the molecular level.  At first glance, Solomon’s brightly colored groupings of lacy circles look simply like mod patterns created by a clever designer. Then I read the photo captions: “rotavirus,” “selenium bromide,” “influenza.” Friends, these are not your grandmother’s doilies. And yet, Solomon does not reject the doily as a domestic craft. Rather, she celebrates traditional hobbies like crocheting, knitting, and embroidery, embracing their nostalgia and the value they place on process. Learn more about her philosophy in her new book, Knot Thread Stitch, which is chock full of unique thread-based DIY projects.

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