Tjanpi Sculpture - Dallas Smythe

Tjanpi Desert Weavers, a signatory to the Indigenous Art Code, is a dynamic social enterprise of the NPY Women's Council. Tjanpi (meaning 'dry grass') supports Aboriginal women living in remote Central and Western desert communities of Australia to create contemporary fibre art.

When collecting desert grasses (minarri, wangurnu and yirlintji), women visit sacred sites and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families, and teach children about country. Grass is bound with wool, string or raffia and combined with yinirnti (red seeds of the bat-wing coral tree) and wipiya (emu feathers).

Skinny Papa (dog)
Tjanpi (wild harvested grass), wool, raffia
Tea/brown wool, natural raffia ears/eyes/stitching
L52cm x W25cm x H25cm 
Handmade in Australia

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Dallas Smythe was born at Wiluna, grew up in Warburton and now lives in Warakurna. All of these are remote communities in the central desert region of Western Australia. Although Dallas has only been making Tjanpi baskets and sculptures for a short time , she is rapidly gaining a strong reputation as an exciting and innovative Tjanpi artist. Dallas’s grandmother Nora Holland is a well known painter and Tjanpi weaver, and has been a strong teacher and support for her. Dallas likes to experiment with new materials and styles and she gets her inspiration from family and community life.


Category: Tjanpi

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