Sculpture | Papa (Dog) | Lisa Armstrong | Tjanpi | 46 x 23 x 20cm

This gorgeous Papa (dog) sculpture has been handmade by Lisa Armstrong, an artist from the remote community of Kaltjiti (Fregon) in South Australia. Featuring the sweetest vibrant blue colouration and a characterful cheeky dog pose- this is a truly special piece of First Nations art.

Weaving with fibre in this way has become a fundamental part of Central and Western desert culture and draws on the traditional practice of making manguri rings - a ring worn on the head made of grasses and cloth.  Here we see traditional weaving techniques re-framed 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.

Tjanpi Desert Weavers is an aboriginal owned social enterprise that works with over 400 Anangu/Yarnangu women artists from 26 remote communities across the remote Central and Western desert regions. Tjanpi artists use native grasses, wool, string, seeds and feathers to make spectacular contemporary fibre art, weaving beautiful baskets and sculptures and displaying endless creativity and inventiveness. While out collecting desert grasses, women visit sacred sights and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families and teach their children about country.

46 x 23 x 20cm
Materials: Tjanpi (grasses) Raffia and wool
To view all the Tjanpi sculptures and baskets we have available click HERE

More about Lisa Armstrong:
Lisa first discovered weaving when she observed her Aunt Rita Rolley practising - this inspired Lisa to commence her own journey into the world of Tjanpi weaving.
Lisa is an emerging Tjanpi artist who has been learning the art of weaving at Tjanpi skills & development workshops. Through hard work and a creative spirit she continues to produce delightful creatures and baskets with whimsical colour and detail. Lisa is part of a new generation of weavers, keeping tradition alive.

Please note: measurements are approximate due to the 3D nature of Tjanpi baskets and sculptures.

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