London-based artist Sam Jones has fashioned a giant ball gown sculpture called Restoration from pound-shop paper doilies. ‘For me, doilies are all about nostalgia – they totally embody a bygone era,’ says Sam. ‘I love that something essentially designed to keep surfaces clean is so unnecessarily frilly and dainty. I used them in my piece as they were the perfect hint of lacy underwear, but doilies are definitely getting trendy again.
I think it’s a lot to do with ‘cupcake culture’ being really in vogue right now. People are loving the ritual and tradition of afternoon tea – and doilies are such a part of that.’
The “Friends of the Doily” pressure group had yet to comment by the time Do Not Disturb went to press.
The pre-cut, perforated detail of paper doilies lends itself to pretty, crafty cards such as these by card-maker of the year Pink Petticoat. In the fashion world lace is big news – Christopher Kane and D&G are putting intricate crocheted lace back on the style map.
Dutch artist and product designer Marian Duijvestein has created a beautifully delicate ‘throw’ where stitched-together doilies in vibrant red thread create a modern statement for your sofa. In different sizes and patterns, each of the doilies is intricately crocheted.
By Lotte Jeffs, Do Not Disturb (In-hotel Magazine)