A couple of weeks ago I read a news article about the 2011 Toronto Erotic Arts Fair. The article mentioned several different crafts that were being shown off at this event. What caught my attention was the description of crocheted nipple tassels (or pasties). I was going to write about the event right away but I didn’t. Instead, I mulled over it for a little while, curious about how crochet fits into the erotic arts.
Crochet Nipple Tassels
BlogTo has a description of the crochet pasties that first caught my eye. (That’s also the source of the image at the top of this article):
On to the crochet nipple tassels. So much for grannies and needlework? These ones are made by Susan from Sex on a Stitch, and yes, they come with double-sided tape. Each pair is different; some with sequins, beads, and pairing words such as “gin” and “juice” or “sugar” and “spice.” Other combinations, such as “sweet” and “sour” haven’t worked too well. “No one wants to have ‘sour’ over their nipple,” Susan says.
Other Erotic Crochet Treats
One of the other vendors of interest at the Toronto Erotic Arts Fair was selling cashmere and merino sweaters repurposed into underwear! These products by Sartoria are actually knit and not crocheted but I like the idea anyway. Supposedly they are breathable and they certainly must be very soft to the touch.
The other vendors weren’t focused on crochet but I’ve seen crochet work in various other places that is arguably erotic. For example, I’ve featured crochet artist Jack Davis on this blog in the past and his work with crocheted penises falls into that category. And I’ve seen a lot of sexy crochet including crochet bras and crochet corsets that verges on the erotic.
Erotic Crochet Turns Stereotypes Around
What interests me about crochet in the erotic arts is less the products themselves, though they are interesting, and more the message that this sends. Crochet remains stereotypically a domestic art done by older women in the home, women that most people still choose to see as asexual mothers and not erotic women in their own right. And erotica still provokes many people with a stereotype of over-the-top brazen sexuality that can be controversial even in the twenty first century. I think that the blending of the two turns stereotypes about both around a little bit.
What do you think of crochet in the erotic arts?