Echidna Tjilkamarta Sculpture by Ruth Bates | Tjanpi Desert Weavers
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This exquisite Echidna Sculpture draws on the traditional practice of making manguri rings - a ring worn on the head made of woven grasses and cloth. Working with fibre in this way has become a fundamental part of Central and Western desert culture. Here we see traditional techniques re-imagined using a mix of traditional and contemporary materials - including wool! The result is a strikingly bold and colourful sculptural piece with layers of historical significance.
Ruth Bates is a Ngaanyatjarra woman and artist who creates art with Tjanpi Desert Weavers and Warakurna Artists. She grew up in Karilywara (Patjarr) with her family, learning to hunt, and about the ancient dreamings and landmarks associated with the country there. Her skills have been passed on through the Tjukurpa, the Law and way of life governing her country.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yakunytjatjara (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. Tjanpi embodies the energies and rhythms of Country, culture and community. The shared stories, skills and experiences of this wide-reaching network of mothers, daughters, aunties, sisters and grandmothers form the bloodline of the desert weaving phenomenon and have fuelled Tjanpi’s rich history of collaborative practice.
You can view other works by Tjanpi Desert Weaver by clicking here.
Materials: Tjanpi (dry harvested grass), wool, raffia
Size: 47 (L) x 9 (H) x 28cm (W)
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