Anne was born in Alice Springs in 1965 and grew up in Ernabella. Her family live at the Pitjantjatjara communities of Fregon and Watarru. Anne has three children: one son and two daughters. She spends time between Watarru, where her extended family live, and Alice Springs, as her husband is a teacher at Yirara College.
Anne was inspired to learn the Tjanpi coiled basketry technique after watching her mother, Wipana Jimmy, and aunty, Tinpulya Mervin, practise this artform. Anne has a strong sculptural sensibility and her baskets are unique and interesting. Anne enjoys working on a large scale and experimenting with new styles. Her baskets and sculptures are highly sought after artworks.
Anne has taken to producing flat sculptures with the same skilful eye and dexterity that she displays in her 3D works.
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.