Women in Basketry Exhibition
We are the South Gippsland Basketry Group commonly known as the ‘Fibre Group’. This is a group formed by Pat Dale some years ago as there was a lot of interest in her natural fibre basketry work, and soon became a way of people coming together to learn to use and collect natural plant fibre and learn basketry techniques. We meet most months in Leongatha, Victoria.
Plants we prefer to use usually have long leaves and strong fibre and are collected at the peak of the growing season to prepare for later use. These may be Cumbungi [Bullrush] common in wet areas and usually collected in January: by cutting the clump below the water, each stem/leaf is separated and tied into bundles then hung to dry and store in a shed for later use.
New Zealand flax, a common garden plant is available in large quantities at times: the leaves are usually stripped then coiled into bundles to dry, and store.
Some plants are used freshly cut and this may be Willow, Grapevine and other suitable vine plants, shrinkage usually takes place and has to be allowed for in the construction in this case.
Natural fibre fabrics such as cotton and linen and also wire may be seen in our work at times. When plant fibre is dried it will need dampening before use.
This body of work in the exhibition is original and been made from a wide selection of fibres with each maker thinking about what form her basket might take and choosing her weaving material to suit.
When: Tuesday 2 April - Monday 6 May 2019
Where: Artspace Gallery
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Phone: (03) 5672 5767 | Website: www.creativegippsland.com.au