Tjanpi Sculpture - Dianne Golding Ungukalpi

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).

Sitting Rabbit
L18cm x W7cm x H18cm 
Tjanpi (wild harvested grass)
Dark brown/blue wool wrapping and natural raffia stitching and features
Handmade in Australia 

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Dianne Ungukalpi Golding was born at a waterhole called Katartirn near Warburton, Western Australia. Dianne is an accomplished weaver who makes both baskets and sculptures. She has been making baskets for a number of years and first learnt from relatives at Warakurna. She enjoys experimenting with different shapes; as she says, ‘some long like piti, some round like the sun’. She made her first sculptural piece, a large camel, which was exhibited in Desert Mob exhibition at the Araluen Centre in Alice Springs, in 2006. She has since made a number of sculptural pieces drawing inspiration from the animals prevalent on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, whether they be the ‘camp dogs’ on the community or the goannas, porcupines, or rabbits hunted out bush.


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Category: Tjanpi

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