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 collaborated with contemporary jeweller Bridget Kennedy for the bespoke bling. 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.
About Tina Fox
Tina Fox trained as an architect at The Bartlett School and University of Westminster in London and went on to complete an MA Art in Architecture at the University of East London. After working for over 10 years in architecture and interior design, Tina Fox moved to Sydney in 2011 and expanded her private practice into visual and public art.
Her current work explores hand crafted techniques to reflect on digital printing and manufacturing and the future of craft in the modern age.
She has exhibited large public textile sculptures in Sydney for Vivid, The North Sydney Art Prize, Harbour Sculpture, Sawmillers Sculpture Prize and The Sydney Architecture Festival and is currently one of the resident artists at the TWT Creative Precinct in St Leonards. She is currently one of the studio artists at the TWT Creative Precinct in St Leonards, Sydney, and works regularly with North Sydney Council.
The artist’s innovative practice uses projection, digital imaging and stop frame animation to create cross-disciplinary works that melt technological boundaries. She combines the aesthetics of the digital computer pixel and binary code with various crochet techniques to create a new crafted language. Filet crochet in particular holds a special resonance with pixelation and is explored again and again.
Hand craft becomes integrated into digital technology, meshing textiles with modern preoccupations, to create crafted hybrids.
Images: Tina Fox, Gilding the Lily (details), 2021. Photos: Courtesy of the Artist.