Nola Tjukupati Brumby


2027-13 Basket

Tjanpi (wild harvested grass) with natural, blue and red raffia and black wool rim and base.

D51cm x H31cm

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Artist Biography

Tjukupati was born in the creek at Ernabella South Australia around 1945. Her mother, who’s country is at Watarru had moved to the mission at Ernabella where she worked as a shepherd. Tjukupati’s father’s country is close to Puta Puta on the road to Pipalyatjara near the Northern Territory and Western Australian borders. She now lives and works in Pipalyatjara, SA.

This stunning sculptural vessel encapsulates the colours and rugged landscape of Central Australia. Nola is a highly skilled weaver with an eye for colour, form and texture. This artwork was also part of the Metropolis Gallery Exhibition in October 2013.

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.