Nambooka, also known as Bea Edwards, is a decendant from the Pyemmairrener clan of Tasmania. She lives in Melbourne and works at the Frankston Hospital. She paints the patterns handed down to her from her grandmother who also taught her basketry and fibre arts. Bea is an artist, mother, Aboriginal community D&A worker, teacher, tour guide, and consultant, and a household name in quilting and craft industry circles!
Being a keen community worker with a deep
understanding of land issues and Aboriginal culture, her skills are
outstanding and are consequently in high demand. Bea’s work is about flora and fauna,
nature and spirituality, and indigenous development. Her designs are distinctive, unique and original and authentic. It is strikingly
bold and deceptively simple. Many of her creations are in public galleries and private collections.