The technique of weaving has been passed along through generations, re-discovered,and expanded upon throughout the years.
Among the primitive crafts, basket making is one of the oldest known.
The weaving of baskets is as old as the history of men and women. Traces of baskets have been found in the Egyptian pyramids, and woven basket liners have left their impressions inside the fragments of ancient pottery. In early years, the various basket sizes, shapes and weaves were determined largely by the uses for which they were required such as winnowing, storing and carrying goods. Basket weavers possessed great patience, skill and knowledge of techniques. As soon as people were able to plait fibres together, they began to experiment with structures for woven containers. Basket makers made baskets by hand using traditional styles and materials. Different materials such as grass, roots and cane, but today wastes, recycled materials and easily renewable materials have been added to the long list. Innovative basket makers are always experimenting with fibres -you name it- if it’s flexible, someone has probably woven it into a basket. “Interwoven” will explore new forms of artistic expression combining natural and waste products and basket making techniques.
The exhibition will showcase the repetitive processes in weaving baskets and sculptures whilst demonstrating the techniques and aesthetic consideration each artist uses to resolve and produce their works. We are proud to showcase the works of textile artists from the Bega Valley, Canberra and Sydney including Gabrielle Powell, Wayne Healy, Cathy Jarratt, Bob Woszczeiko, Nancy Brunton, Justine Wardle, Robyn Levey as well as Meredith Peach Sydney, Ann McMahan, Jenny Manning and Jane Whitten from Canberra.
The exhibition will be opened on Friday 14th November at 5pm by Catrina Vignando Assistant Manager Development at National Museum of Australia.