Working class needlework, from The D'Oyley Show
Women's Domestic Needlework Group, Sydney
1950 - 2017
The Women's Domestic Needlework Group (WDNG) was initiated by artists Marie McMahon and Frances (Budden) Phoenix with the aim of reclaiming the creative, but historically undervalued, practices of embroidery, knitting, crochet, lacemaking and needlework.
Having amassed over 700 crocheted d'oyleys salvaged largely from thrift shops, the artists researched and documented the D'oyley Archive and in 1979 mounted 'The d'oyley show: an exhibition of women's domestic fancywork' at Watters Gallery in Sydney. Ten screenprinted posters completed by WDNG members and the Earthworks Poster Collective (1972–80) at Sydney University's Tin Sheds Art Workshop acted as both explanation and wall texts for the exhibition.
Regrettably, the D'oyley Archive was destroyed in a warehouse fire in 1985.
colour screenprint on thin white wove paper
73.3 x 49.0 cm image; 78.8 x 51.0 cm sheet
Not on display
© Marie McMahon and Frances (Budden) Phoenix with the Women's Domestic Needlework Group
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Project 39 - Women's Imprint (1982), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Oct 1982–31 Oct 1982
Watters Gallery: 50th anniversary exhibition, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 19 Sep 2014–02 Nov 2014
See you at the barricades, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 May 2015–29 Nov 2015
Ewa Pachucka 'Arcadia: Landscape and bodies', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Mar 2018–29 Apr 2018