Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Tjanpi (wild harvested grass), wool, raffia
L58cm x W28cm x H18cm
Dallas Smythe is an artist belonging to the Ngaanyatjarra language and cultural group in Western Australia.
Dallas comes from a prominent family of Tjanpi weavers and was taught fibre skills by her grandmother and Tjanpi artist Nora Holland (dec.). After her grandmother passed away, her mother-in-law and Tjanpi artist Nancy Nanana Jackson, took over her skills development. Such training in conjunction with her indomitable personality has seen her rise to early success and she has exhibited multiple times every year since 2014. This success was highlighted in 2015 when she won the $30,000 prize for Most Outstanding Work at the Port Hedland Art Awards.
This early success is only the beginning for Dallas; with her drive, incredible creative vision, and skills, she is a Tjanpi superstar of the future.
Dallas was born in Wiluna, Western Australia in 1982 whilst she was on holiday. After travelling back to the Ngaanyatjarra Lands after her birth, Dallas grew up and went to school in Warburton. Dallas later married Sampson Jackson, had a son, and settled in the remote community of Warakurna WA.