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Dots and Stripes

One of the rooms at the Yayoi Kusama exhibit is a series of enormous pink blow-up balls covered in black polka dots.

Yayoi Kusama Polka Dots

Kusama really loves polka dots — they are everywhere in the exhibit including the final white room that is covered in colourful polka dot stickers.

And you know what — I don’t.  I don’t love polka dots.  Given the choice between polka dots and stripes, I would take stripes almost every single time*.

Which are you?  Dots or stripes?

* The one exception is the shower curtain in the twins’ bathroom.  It has dots in vibrant shades of blue against a white background.  I really like it.  Not enough to put it in my own bathroom.  In ours?  We have stripes.


1 TasIVFer { 04.05.17 at 8:08 am }

I like dots and stripes! If I had to choose it would have to be stripes or half my shirts would be gone – although I suspect that’s only because there are more stripey shirts around.

Please, don’t make me choose.

2 Middle Girl { 04.05.17 at 8:10 am }

For me it isn’t just stripes or dots but color combo and ratio of negative space to filled space. I think scale matters too.

3 Cristy { 04.05.17 at 8:24 am }

I’m a polka dot person, but I can see how these are polarizing

4 Beth { 04.05.17 at 8:27 am }

I like polka dots. But they also seem little kid-ish to me. I don’t like either one for myself.

5 Jodi S Schulz { 04.05.17 at 8:29 am }

I love both. Polka dots a little more than stripes, but I really both.

6 a { 04.05.17 at 8:52 am }

I love dots. I like stripes. But I prefer stripes on clothing (I still like dots, but not as much as stripes) and dots on decorative items.

7 Jill A. { 04.05.17 at 9:39 am }

I would take stripes over polka dots. I can live with polka dots, if they are in a pattern, otherwise they are distracting as I keep trying to find the blasted pattern.

8 Deathstar { 04.05.17 at 11:06 am }

Stripes, I guess. I don’t have any polka dot clothing at all.

9 Nicoleandmaggie { 04.05.17 at 6:17 pm }

My skirt has both today…

10 loribeth { 04.05.17 at 7:51 pm }

Stripes, if I had to choose. I don’t think I have anything against polka dots, but a lot would depend on the colours & the size of the dots. I certainly have more striped clothing than polka dotted 😉 (although I do have a white top with small black dots on it).

When I was about 12 years old, I made myself a long polka-dot skirt (navy with white dots) as a 4-H sewing project. My mother told me I looked like a Hutterite (!).

11 catie { 04.05.17 at 9:33 pm }

I’m a stripes girl all the way. My closet is full of striped shirts, I have pants with teeny tiny vertical stripes, my shower curtain has stripes as do my towels. Polka dots only look good on Ladybugs!

12 torthuil { 04.05.17 at 10:35 pm }

I don’t have a lot of either but I have one dress with big polka dots that is very pretty. It has a 60s, pop art feel.

13 Jamie { 04.06.17 at 3:51 am }

I could not choose. I like both! However, I tend to like my polka dots tiny or small. I’m not a big fan of big dots.

14 Lori Lavender Luz { 04.07.17 at 11:00 am }

I’d never thought about it before, but I think I prefer roundness to linearness. So I’ll take polka dots over stripes, but only by a little.

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