Bird by Lynette Lewis


Bird by Lynette Lewis


Lynette Lewis

Pukatja Community

L49cm x W20cm x H15cm

Tjanpi (Dry grass), wool, raffia, emu feathers

©Lynette Lewis, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, NPY Women’s Council

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Lynette grew up in Pukatja Community and is the daughter of experienced fibre artist Atipalku Intjalki. Her adept skill at Tjanpi weaving, speaks of years of watching her mother and grandmother making Tjanpi Artworks. Lynette is also a Painter and Ceramic Artist for Ernabella arts.

Tjanpi (meaning ‘dry grass’) evolved from a series of basket weaving workshops held on remote communities in the Western Desert by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara Women’s Council in 1995. Building on traditions of using fibre for medicinal, ceremonial and daily purposes, women took easily to making coiled baskets. These new-found skills were shared with relations on neighbouring communities and weaving quickly spread. Today over 400 women across 28 communities are making baskets and sculptures out of grass and working with fibre in this way is firmly embedded in Western and Central desert culture. While out collecting desert grasses for their fibre art, women visit sacred sites and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families and teach their children about country. Tjanpi Desert Weavers is Aboriginal owned and is directed by an Aboriginal executive. It is an arts business but also a social enterprise that provides numerous social and cultural benefits and services to weavers and their families. Tjanpi’s philosophy is to keep culture strong, maintain links with country and provide meaningful employment to the keepers and teachers of the desert weaving business.

Text © and courtesy of Tjanpi Desert Weavers, NPY Women's Council