Nancy Jackson

$165.00

2138-18 Papa (dog)

Tjanpi (wild harvested grass) with grey, yellow, and black wool and natural raffia eyes.

L56cm x W26cm x H20cm

Out of stock

Artist Biography

Nancy was born in country near the WA and NT borders and now lives in Warakurna community, also know as Giles Weather Station. She has been making baskets since 1995 and has developed a well-shaped rounded style to her work. She is a quiet reserved woman but has the ability to produce enormous quantities of work at a time without the quality ever suffering. She has been in several Tjanpi Group exhibitons since 1995 and continues to produce fine work. She is a skilled bush woman and a well respected artist amongst her peers. 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 Womens’ 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 there are over 400 women across 28 communities 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.