dragon song; tribute to virginia kaiser

Last month, Australia’s pre-eminent basketmaker, Virginia Kaiser died after a long illness.  Virginia was an inspirational craftsperson, teacher to many, including myself, and was instrumental in curating important exhibtions of fibre basketry in Australia.  She pioneered the use of many Australian native plant materials and the red fluted leaves of dracaena draco, the “Dragon Tree” were her trademark.

Sunrise Sunset

I was in possibly Virginia’s last group of students before her illness forced her to retire from teaching, so although I cannot say I knew her very well, I have long loved her work and consider her death a huge loss to the craft.  In tribute, all I can do is post images of her baskets with their beautiful and poignant names.  I’m sure they will evoke feelings in all who view them.

River Dreaming

Reaching Out From A Tangled Web

Strengths & Weaknesses

Hidden Secrets


Silent Guardian


Still Imagining

Container Of Memories

Dragon’s Tears

Images: Katoomba Fine Art