Sculpture | Tjilkamarta (echidna) | Annabelle Ward | Tjanpi | 31 x 23 x 16cm
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This wonderfully striking Tjilkamarta (echidna) sculpture has been handmade by Annabelle Ward, an artist belonging to the Ngaanyatjarra language and cultural group who lives in the remote community of Wanarn, WA. Featuring contrasting jade green and coral tones and an array of fantastic spikes, 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.
31 x 23 x 16cm
Materials: Tjanpi (grasses) Raffia and wool
To view all the Tjanpi sculptures and baskets we have available click HERE
More about Annabelle Ward:
Annabelle began weaving for Tjanpi Desert Weavers in August 2023, and quickly started to produce unique sculptures with creative characteristics. Annabelle quickly learnt and developed her weaving skills by watching the strong weavers of Warakurna. With her strong stitching skills and distinctive forms Annabelle has a natural flair for sculptural fibre art.
Please note: measurements are approximate due to the 3D nature of Tjanpi baskets and sculptures.
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