Nancy was born outside Patjarr in 1956, and later grew up at the Warburton mission where she married and had her children. Nancy has been weaving for Tjanpi Desert Weavers for several years, and has attended several skills development workshops. Nancy’s baskets are characterised by long, thick stitches using hand-dyed raffia. Piti-shaped and oval shapes are Nancy’s preferred form of basket. Tjanpi (meaning ‘grass’) evolved from a series of basket weaving workshops held on remote communities in the Western Desert by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council in 1995. Tjanpi sculptures were first produced in 1998 when Kantjupayi Benson, from Papulankutja, added a handle to a basket and made a grass mug followed by a set of camp crockery and a number of dogs. Anangu women of the Central and Western Desert have for a very long time worked with natural fibres to create items such as bush sandals (wipiya tjina), pouches (yakutja), hair-string skirts (mawulyarri), and head-rings (manguri) for daily and ceremonial use. Adding a contemporary spin to the traditional, women now create baskets, vessels and an astonishing array of vibrant sculptures from locally collected desert grasses bound with string, wool or raffia and often incorporating feathers, seeds and found materials. This is an Indigenous Art Code Certificate This artwork is Indigenous Art Code compliant. As a signatory to the Indigenous Art Code, Tjanpi Desert Weavers confirms the accuracy of the details set out in this Code Certificate.

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