Tjanpi artists use native grasses to make spectacular contemporary fibre art, weaving beautiful baskets and sculptures and displaying endless creativity and inventiveness. Originally developing from the traditional practice of making manguri rings, working with fibre in this way has become a fundamental part of Central and Western desert culture.
Tjanpi embodies the energies and rhythms of Country, culture and community. The shared stories, skills and experiences of this wide-reaching network of mothers, daughters, aunties, sisters and grandmothers form the bloodline of the desert weaving phenomenon and have fuelled Tjanpi’s rich history of collaborative practice.
Ann collects and dyes her own grasses that she finds locally in the Alice Springs area. Ann has a deep knowledge of the different grasses and creek roots and their uses for weaving. She experiments with colours and is inspired by the techniques of the Yolngu women in the Top End of the Northern Territory.