The Nova Scotia Basketry Guild seems to have a very rich life, and I found this great link to a short interview with a basketry artist who came just after me at NSCAD, Ursula Johnson.
I hope I can see some of her work and perhaps meet her or take a class with her this summer.
I don't know what to think about the fact that she is a NSCAD alumna, just six years after me. Would she have been taught by Naoko and Robin? I was desperate for someone to teach me basketry while I was there, but I had to settle for learning from books (at which I failed), and doing drawings (at which I succeeded). Maybe if I had been less obsessed with my vulnerability questions, I would have been able to lift my head and find a mentor in the community somewhere -- after all, the NSBG has been around since 1988. Was there anyone on faculty who taught Ursula Johnson in basketry, or was she on her own, or looking to her grandmother for mentorship? What would have happened if I had been there at the same time as her -- would we have become a basketry force of nature, shaking up the department?
Ursula Johnson's aspirations outlined in the interview, that basketry again become a functional craft form, resonate with me. I look forward to cheering her on.