Granary Basket by Jean Lange
Jean Lange was a pioneering South Australian basket-maker. She began her self-directed study of basketry during World War II when "baskets were difficult to obtain". Lange was one of the first basket-makers to expand the aesthetic and technical potential of basketry and worked to establish it as a recognised craft. She was an important custodian of skill and knowledge and she taught and encouraged many aspiring fibre artists in the 1970s.
In 1978 Jean Lange wrote, "I use mainly leaves from our garden and sedges, rushes, grass or grass stems, willow, runners from creepers etc. I now believe that any material that does not crumble when dry has potential...It is advisable not to be too dogmatic concerning baskets made from natural resources because the time of cutting and the place of growth may affect the end result".