Patsy Kelly

Patsy Kelly

Skin name: Ngalbangardi
Language: Kunwinjku
Dreaming: Duwa
Clan: Mirradja
Date of birth: 1974-07-29
From: Malyakarnnak
Community: Oenpelli : NT


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Patsy Kelly is a dedicated and humble fibre artist known for making large coiled baskets in bright colour combinations. These huge baskets take hundreds of hours of work to complete and demonstrate Patsy’s keen eye for detail.

Patsy is the daughter of another of Injalak’s talented weavers, Shirley Kelly. Patsy is married to Johnson Namundja, who is also an artist at Injalak, and they have two children. As a younger artist Patsy often experiments with forms and colour in her creations. In her handbag forms, she creates striking designs by alternating weaving techniques and colours. (Source: Twined Together).

Patsy’s work is featured in ‘Twined Together- Kunmadj Njalehnjaleken’, a text edited by Louise Hamby which documents the foremost Kunwinjku fibre artists and their work. 

Group exhibitions

  • 2016 Wearables, Festival del Caribe, Santiago de Cuba
  • 2015 Wearables, Tactile Arts Gallery, Darwin
  • 2005 Twined Together, National touring exhibition,Injalak Arts and Museum Victoria 2005-2007


  • Louise Hamby, Twined Together: Kunmadj njalehnjaleken, Injalak Arts and Crafts Association, 2005