Rhonda was born in Ngukurr in 1966, and grew up in nearby Urapunga. Her Aboriginal name is Brongin. Her father’s language is Rittarungu her mother language is Ngalakan. She speaks a mixture of these languages, as well as Kriol and English with her family.
Rhonda moved to Katherine in 2016 after her partner passed away. She became a painter, a carver and a weaver after watching her three brothers and two sisters and begging them to teach her. “One day I went to the shop and got a blank paper and some colours, and started doing my designs. Then it went straight into my head – that’s it. I didn’t leave doing my art after that. I just went on and on and on.”
She says of painting, “It is good because it makes you feel good inside your heart and mind. Sometimes when I don’t have space to go out with a car I love doing painting because it takes me somewhere. It really makes your mind relax – the image of land and nature. Sometimes you think about the old people and how they used to live in the land - the rivers, the billabongs, hunting, animals and everything- coming together to share the food and the life.
In September 2017 Rhonda had her first experience of textile design at a workshop run by Tim Growcott and Millie Shorter, facilitated by Magpie Goose in partnership with Katherine Regional Arts. When asked about putting her designs on texitiles, she says: “Make me feel proud; I love doing it. I have so much inspiration – my painting, my families, it’s good.”
“This design I did is the totem of my mother. It’s called ‘white cockatoo’. I drew all the bushes and leaves from the branch, because that’s what the white cockatoo eats for its meal.
This is my first time that I did screenprinting. I love doing all my art, because it makes my mind feel good. I like putting designs on fabric because it helps continue my art and my passion.”
Size and fit
Eoin is size 32 in waist - he wears One Size man shorts.
Fits waist size 30 - 36, with stretchy waist band and drawstring.
Treat me right
Design is printed on linen with quality inks and then heat-set; designs are colourfast. Each metre of fabric is hand-printed and is unique - fabulous variations often occur!
Please treat your wearable art with love and care – we recommend cold hand wash, dry in shade, and reverse iron.