Leanna Nabarlambarl is a highly respected Kunwinjku fibre artist from Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) in Western Arnhem Land, Australia. She grew up in a family of artists, including her father Spider Namirriki, and her three sisters, all of whom are established fibre artists in their own right. With a deep understanding of the traditional techniques and materials used in fibre art, she has become known for her exquisite woven and coiled baskets, dilly bags, and string bags. Using a variety of natural materials, including pandanus, she creates pieces that are both visually striking and culturally significant, drawing on the stories and traditions.
Over the years, Leanna’s work has been featured in a number of exhibitions, including the national touring exhibitions ‘Twined Together’ and ‘Woven Forms’, as well as the solo exhibition ‘Entwined’ at the Suzanne O’Connell Gallery in Brisbane. Her work has also been included in the Territory Craft exhibition ‘Splash of Colour’.
Through her art, Leanne not only creates beautiful and meaningful pieces but also helps to preserve and share the traditional techniques and practices of fibre art with future generations. Her work has earned her a reputation as a very respected fibre artist working in Western Arnhem Land.