“We are very pumpana which means ‘lucky’. Where would be today if Tjanpi Desert Weavers hadn’t come along? Think about that, where would we be? Where would we have found the money to feed our kids? If we didn’t have this we would be a lot worse off. Tjanpi Desert Weavers has been a kind of life saver.”
Nyurpaya began making baskets in the late 1990s and has only recently started to work sculpturally using natural fibres. She is a highly skilled wood carver and brings this acuity of working in three dimensions to her fibre work. Her works are meticulously constructed and she is a highly perceptive artist who thinks deeply about what she makes. Most recently she was involved in making large-scale birds for an exhibition at Tandanya Gallery. Nyurpaya also paints through Tjala Arts.