These school holidays join Gunditjmara weaver Aunty Bronwyn Razem for an animal making workshop using natural materials and weaving techniques. Make a camp dog, kangaroo or other creature from the bush. This is a family workshop designed for adults to work with their kids.
Bronwyn was born in Gunditjmara Country, Warrnambool and comes from a long lineage of Traditional weavers. Bronwyn learned from her grandmother Georgina and mother Zelda Couzens.
Bronwyn has played a vital role in the revival of the Traditional eel trap. In 2013, her eel trap with emu feathers granted her the Acquisitive Award in the Victorian Indigenous Arts Awards.
The National Museum Australia in Canberra as well as the Art Gallery of Ballarat have curated her eel traps for their permanent collections.
As a representative of Ngardang Girri Kalat Mimini’s—four of Victoria’s most prominent Indigenous female artists—Bronwyn was selected to attend the Festival of Pacific Arts in 2016.
A highlight in her career marked exhibiting with two of her eel traps alongside artists such as Vicki Couzens, Glenda Nicholls and Maree Clarke—who she had looked up to all her life—in the 2017 Sovereignty exhibition at the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Melbourne.
Through her work, Bronwyn acknowledges the importance of maintaining the cultural knowledge behind the weaving and the role this played in times past. Teaching traditional weaving techniques asserts the strength of this cultural practice that was utilised for every day life.
Bronwyn’s workshops make an important contribution to reconnecting Aboriginal people with their culture and strengthening their identities, as well as bringing forth awareness and cultural values of Aboriginal people to the general public and educational institutions.
We acknowledge the generous support of our public programming partners: Viva Energy Australia, Krystyna Campbell-Pretty and Family and The Orloff Family Charitable Trust.
Bronwyn Razem (Gunditjmara (Kirrae Whurrong)), Setting Up Camp (detail) (2017), wool, feathers, wood shavings. 1200 mm x 2000 mm x 2000 mm. Collection of the Koorie Heritage Trust.