Atipalku grew up in Pukatja, and studied at the Ernabella School, later becoming a teachers aid. She entered the Ernabella Mission craft room as a young woman becoming adept at weaving, and at the age of seventeen was sent to Mittagong to study weaving at Sturt along with two other young women from the Mission. Here she spent several months learning how to weave on a new type of loom.
Atipalku also became adept at batik and now Paints for Ernabella Arts.
Atipalku is often involved by the other Ernabella Tjanpi Artists in collaborative works due to her seniority in the commuity, and her long knowlege of fibre arts.