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

3 thoughts on “dragon song; tribute to virginia kaiser

  1. Hi Harriet,
    This is a touch belated – I’m Virginias niece & As I’m sure you would’ve been told a hindred times over, I know she would’ve been truly honoured by your tributes.
    It is always a pleasure to be reminded of the people who were lucky enough to have learnt from her – she was a truly humble individual & I love to see her memory being kept alive in the art world. Beautiful work x

    1. Oh thank you!

      I almost didn’t open this (I get a bit of spam in the comments) but I am so glad I did. I have just sent some pieces to Broken Regional Gallery to show along with Poetry of Place the retrospocetive exhibition of her work which opens there in the coming weeks. I feel honoured to be included.

      Take care. x

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