Bronwynn Billens

In 2019 I had the privilege of attending two artists retreats in Golden Bay. One at The Cobb Lake, 890m above sea level, and the other at the end of Farewell Spit, 0m above sea level.

One was Awesomely Inspirational and the other was Inspirationaly Awesome.

My grandfather worked on the building of the Cobb Dam pen-stocks in the 1940's.

I stood at the viewing area, 400m above the power house, awestruck at the sight of the giant steel water pipe heading almost vertically down the mountain, and I wondered......"How did they actually do that?" 

I am a natural fibre artist of Maori descent, Ngati Tama, Te Atiawa and Te Arawa. I am passionate to learn and keep alive the traditional methods of raranga whilst also exploring contemporary ideas using traditional weaving materials.

Due to prior commitments, Bronwynn was unable to participate in the Nelson exhibition. You can find her work at Monza Art Gallery, Takaka and currently at the Nelson Museum. She can be contacted via the email below.

                                          Ehara Taku Toa I Te Toa Takitahi Engari He Toa Takimano

                                    My strength is not that of the individual but that of the collective