Material: Tjanpi (grass), wool, raffia
Dimensions: D43cm x W16cm x H32cm
About the Maker: Delilah (Roberta) Shepherd was born in Docker River, Northern Territory in the 1970’s. Delilah now lives in Warakurna community, Western Australia with her husband Godfrey Marlya Golding.
Delilah began making Tjanpi in 2009. She primarily focuses upon basket weaving, but started extending her creations to sculptures in 2016 at a skills development workshop in Warakurna. She has also produced a number of stunning woven lampshades as part of Tjanpi’s collaboration with Sydney-based design group Koskela.
Delilah has worked with Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council since the 1990s, and in 2019 began employment with Tjanpi as an Arts and Culture Assistant. Delilah works alongside other ACAs and also provides great support to the Tjanpi remote office in Warakurna. Delilah's lovely, gentle and wise presence brings a grace and calmness to the Tjanpi team.
About the Group: Tjanpi Desert Weavers, is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, working with women in the remote Central and Western desert regions who earn an income from contemporary fibre art. Tjanpi (meaning grass in Pitjantjatjara language) represents over 400 Anangu/Yarnangu women artists from 26 remote communities on the NPY lands.
Tjanpi artists use native grasses to make spectacular contemporary fibre art, weaving beautiful baskets and sculptures and displaying endless creativity and inventiveness. Originally developing from the traditional practice of making manguri rings, working with fibre in this way has become a fundamental part of Central and Western desert culture.
Photos: Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the ACT and surrounding areas. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We aim to respect cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people.