Material: Tjanpi (grass), wool, raffia
Dimensions: L40cm x W20cm x H40cm
About the Maker: Diane Dawson is an artist belonging to the Pitjantjatjara language and cultural group and lives in the remote community of Irruntyju (Wingellina), WA.
Diane was born in Amata, SA and moved to Irruntyju to go to school. She has remained there working in the local art centre. Here she also paints the Minyma Kutjara story.
Diane begun Tjanpi in 2016, when she attended a skills development workshop in Irrunytju. In this workshop, she made her ﬁrst basket, a well-woven piece using Minarri grass and coloured raﬃa.
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
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