Weaving an exhibition to mark decades of dedication

October 2, 2016 by  

Handwoven baskets have been showcased at a special exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of Basketmakers of Victoria.

Tullamarine’s Liz Reid is among a talented group of people who have combined their weaving skills to mount the exhibition, called ‘Evolution … 30 years on’.

A life member of the organisation, Reid said the celebration has been embraced by weavers throughout the state, with many taking the opportunity, advertised on flyers to individual craft groups, to visit the exhibition currently being held at the Quadrant Gallery in Hawthorn.

Reid said modern day basketry was more than just a basket made of cane used for the purpose of shopping. She said the long-practiced art now involved contemporary and sculptural works of art. Many were made from recycled materials or plant fibres.

As an example, Reid said her own piece of basketry showcased in the exhibition was created from red plastic tubing and laminated Melway pages.

Basketmakers of Victoria is more than just a place for hobbyists, according to Ms Reid. She said it is the 150 members and their great generosity that is so inspiring, because they are forever sharing their ideas, techniques and materials with others.

The Burwood based group welcomes the public twice a week and also conducts beginners’ workshops. The free ‘Evolution … 30 years’ exhibition will be on show at the Quadrant Gallery, Hawthorn from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday to Saturday until October 15.