FLEUR MACDONALD: Based on a True Story



FLEUR MACDONALD: Based on a True Story

12 February – 3 April 2022


Kandos-based artist Fleur MacDonald combines painted renditions of crocheted, tatted and knitted doilies with repurposed wooden salad and serving bowls, platters and trays. 

Based on a True Story references the once-popular craft of doily making practiced by women to lend their homes an air of gentility. Once categorised as women’s work, the process of creating the intricate pattern of a doily is a deceptively complex skill requiring sophisticated mathematical calculations, pattern interpretation and manual dexterity. 

MacDonald’s interest in doilies led her to discover the story of the late Lucy Williams, a renowned local who practiced her needle skills from the age of seven through to her one hundredth year which she celebrated in 2000. Williams’s story of quiet, sustained mastery of her craft inspired MacDonald to create the works featured in Based on a True Story.

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IMAGE: Fleur MacDonald, The Crinoline Lady 2020, gouache and varnish on wood,10 x 32 x 45cm. Image courtesy of the artist.