Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Tjanpi (wild harvested grass) with acrylic wool
L40cm x W34cm x H4cm
Irruntyju (Wingellina) WA
Rochelle learnt her weaving skills from her mother Ann Cleary-Farrall who is an accomplished Tjanpi artist. Rochelle and her mother have a style of weaving that is quite different from any other Tjanpi artist and incorporates grasses they have found in a secret spots close to Alice Springs. Rochelle's baskets look as if they have been influenced by the weaving styles of the Top End Indigenous communities where they use pandanas leaves. Her style is very intricate and she dyes the grasses herself. She also creates her own distinct styles of standing and flat tjulpu (bird) sculptures that are very popular.
Rochelle is from from Irruntyju (Wingellina) community in Western Australia and has spent most of her adult years in Alice Springs with her family and children.