Summary

This circular basket has been coiled with vertical sections creating blocks of colour around the entire body, on the bottom of the basket the blocks transform into a contrasting pie-slice design. The basket has two single coil swivel handles that are attached to the fourth coil from the top. Handles are a key feature of baskets made during mission times and continue into the present. They are divided into two main categories; those that move and those that do not.

Physical Description

Circular basket, coiled, made with vertical sections creating chunks of colour around the entire body. It has two single coil swivel handles that are attached to the fourth coil bundle. The base has a contrasting pie-slice design.

Local Name

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Significance

Marilyn Gumurdul's signature style is typically the two sided pandanus handbags, however she is also well known for her distinctive coiled basket forms. This one is very unusual in that she has created vertical chunks of colour on the body of the basket. The single-coil handles extending from the fourth row coil bundle is another signature of her coiled baskets. Marilyn is recognised as a very accomplished and innovative fibre artist and the incorporation of the 'pie-slice' design on the base of this basket is evidence of this.Marilyn is recognised as a very accomplished fibre artist, and her work was profiled in the exhibition, Woven Forms: Contemporary Basket Making in Australia that opened at Object Gallery in Sydney in September 2005 and then toured nationally. It has also featured in the publication '500 Baskets: Celebration of the Basketmakers Art' (2006).

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