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Title

For twenty years, from The D'Oyley Show

1979


Artists

Women's Domestic Needlework Group, Sydney

Australia

Marie McMahon

Australia

1953 -

Frances Phoenix

Australia

1950 - 2017


About

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.


Details


Date

1979


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour screenprint on thin white wove paper


Dimensions

73.0 x 48.5 cm (irreg.) image; 78.8 x 51.2 cm sheet


Credit

Purchased 1981


Location

Not on display


Accession number

175.1981.5


Artist information

Women's Domestic Needlework Group, Sydney

Works in the collection

10

Artist information

Marie McMahon

Works in the collection

25

Artist information

Frances Phoenix

Works in the collection

10


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


See you at the barricades, Sydney, 2015, 47.

Project 39 - Women's Imprint, Sydney, 1982.