Amy Yilpi

Tjanpi Desert Weavers

$50

Painted gumnuts on elastic. Length is 35cm.

Amy is a Pitjantjatjara from Mimili community, South Australia. Amy was born in Alice Springs, Northern Territory in 1972 but later returned to Mimili for schooling. Amy continues to reside in Mimili with her husband Michael Butler and their three children. As Amy’s husband is related to the Butler’s of Warakurna, Amy regularly travels there for extended periods of time.

It was on one of these trip in 2018 that Amy began to learn to weave from her sister-in-law Ruth Bates. Very quickly, Amy became both an astute artist and business woman, producing a high volume of well-made, brightly-coloured animal sculptures. Prior to weaving, Amy has also been an accomplished painter and punu (wood) carver.