Gilding the Lily | A work commissioned for Sydney Craft Week 2021
Gilding the Lily is a handmade work commissioned by Australian Design Centre by Tina Fox in filet crochet in the tradition of a doily or jug cover in white cotton thread.
Jug covers and doilies have become extinct relics of the past. How can they be made desirable again? What if we gild them with luxurious materials? Designer doilies dripping with gold and diamonds?
Tina has commissioned bespoke bling for her work from jeweller Bridget Kennedy and asks does this make the doily more valuable or more ridiculous? This tension between practically and absurdity drives at the very heart of meaning in our making and how we place value on crafted objects.
Watch Festival Director Lisa Cahill and maker Tina Fox discuss her work and the value of craft.
Images: Tina Fox, Gilding the Lily (details), 2021. Photos: Courtesy of the Artist.