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Gallery shows Missouri grandma's quilted penises

Holly Stewart's “Holly Polyester: Local Grandmother Quilts Giant Penises” gallery show at the University of Missouri-Kansas City features colorful phallic art.

By Ben Hooper

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A grandmother whose time working at a sex toy factory inspired her to quilt "giant penises" is displaying her work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Holly Stewart, whose gallery show was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign, said the pieces on display in her "Holly Polyester: Local Grandmother Quilts Giant Penises" gallery show combine her love of crafting with her fascination with the subject matter.

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"I just wanted to apply the things that I do -- the crafts, the techniques, and combine it with the thing that I think about, and be honest..." Stewart told the University News student newspaper.

Stewart said her art was inspired in part by her time as a worker in a sex toy factory.

"I worked for a dildo factory in California and the company I worked for was one of the top dildo makers in the world," she said. "I admired the woman that I worked for and I thought, 'Well, I'm not making dildos, but I can make important work that's sexually related and sex positive.'"

The gallery show includes Stewart's giant quilted penises as well as smaller phallic works such as beaded Styrofoam penises and stuffed penises made from various colorful fabrics.

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