2020 – Doil & Trouble


Doil & Trouble


I have brought large doily installations to Flipside the last 2 years (featured at Spin Camp), and I would like to take this obsession to yet more ridiculous heights. I plan to build a field of pyramids, one large (10 sq ft base, ~7 ft tall) and several small (~3 sq ft base, ~2 ft tall). The large pyramid will be constructed from 1″ PVC with custom connectors, which a fellow burner has agreed to design and 3D-print. The sides of the pyramid will be triangular doilies. The small pyramids will each be constructed from 4 bike rims or hula hoops, with round doilies mounted in them. The yarn will be black-light responsive and the whole installation will be black-lit.

Will it need power?


If it will need power, what is your power plan?

I can power this with my own generator if needed, but I would prefer to be placed on effigy field and link into the effigy power source.

Does the piece incorporate flame effects, moveable pieces, and/or is it climbable?


If it does incorporate flame effects, moveable pieces, and/or is climbable what is your safety plan? [(Note: if flame effects are used, your project will be subject to inspection by the Burnable Art Lead, who has final say if your project will burn during the event).]


Have you completed any other large scale art projects? (In this media? Where and when? How did the project go? Do you have pictures or recordings?)

I have brought moderately-sized doily installations to the last 2 Flipsides and to other burns. In 2018, I brought a set of round, black-lit doilies ranging from 6″ to 30″ in size which hung from a frame I designed and built. In 2019, I brought both an 8′ x 8′ white doily mounted on a frame, as well as doilies built into bike rims that were mounted and could spin.

How much money do you need? (Up to $575) We are looking for a thorough itemized budget and the amount of grant money you are requesting.Please include a reasonably researched estimate of the cost of the materials you expect to need.


If you want to upload something for the budget you can do that here:


What is your timeline detailing the planning, creation, installment, and removal of your project?

Planning in terms of determining and sourcing materials is complete. My staff civil engineer (aka Ranger Taco) assisted with design so I feel confident things will stand up. I have found a fellow burner who has agreed to design and 3D-print the connectors for the large pyramid.

Some of the doilies for the smaller pyramids have already been made. I have a pattern selected for the sides of the large pyramid (picture attached below). Construction of the doilies, construction of the frame, and a test run will take place February-May 2020. I hope to test-run one or more of the pyramids at Alma Burn.

I generally arrive at Flipside Thursday afternoon. Depending on the help available, I could set up the installation either Thursday evening or Friday morning. The project would be removed on GTFO day. I estimate 2-3 hours for set-up and removal, depending on the number of hands available.

Optional but encouraged: detailed drawings, CAD files/SketchUp documents, sketches, or other graphic illustrations of your creative concept.


We would like the artists to give community workshops outside of Flipside. Do you think you have a workshop idea that could be provided to the community? If so, please tell us what it is.

I taught myself to crochet, which was challenging because I am left-handed (and I started well before YouTube existed). I could certainly be a resource for lefties wanting to learn to crochet.

By applying for this grant you agree that if given the funds you plan to:

Work to compete your project by Flipside, Save and provide receipts of materials greater than or equal to grant amount by 07/25/20. If you do not provide this information you be disqualified from receiving a grant in the future., Complete a follow up report so we can learn

You may upload photos/recording of past projects here *You must have a Google account to do so.


We will be having the 2021 Ignition Philter fundraiser after the fall town hall (usually held in late September/ early October.) Would you be willing to bring the piece back for that event?


Have you received funding from any other entity or regional for this piece previously? If so, who and how much?