Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Tjanpi (dry harvested grass), wool, raffia
L 40cm x W 12cm x H 12cm
Winifred is an artist belonging to the Ngaanyatjarra language and cultural group in Western Australia.
Primarily working with traditional Tjanpi materials, including wool, raffia and Minarri grass, Winifred’s works focus on depicting local desert animals and traditional artefact shapes.
Winifred first exhibited with Tjanpi at Desert Mob 2016 in Alice Springs NT as part of the Warakurna Early Days collaborative project with Warakurna Artists. Winifred’s contribution to the artwork Early Days Family were the family’s dogs. Winifred built on this success to exhibit a rabbit sculpture at Revealed 2018 at Fremantle Arts Centre WA.
Winifred is also an accomplished painter represented by Warakurna Artists and punu artist (wood carver) represented by Maruku Arts.
Born on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in 1963, she spent her childhood travelling around with her family. Winifred settled in Warakurna in the 1970s during the homeland movement. Here she raised her two children with her husband Clint and in 2017 welcomed her first grandchild.
Winifred is a quietly spoken and compassionate woman whose humour sneaks up on you and makes you smile all day.