Bronwyn Butterfield (she/her) is a self-taught Métis artist, predominantly creating beadwork. Bronwyn began painting and drawing at a very young age and while this has been prevalent throughout her entire life, she has recently delved into the tightly-knit world of beadwork. Her family is of Métis/Cree ancestry (McLeod) from Kinosewi-Sipihk (Norway House) as well as Ukrainian and Scottish ancestry. Bronwyn is based out of Treaty 1 territory, in Winnipeg, Canada.
Bronwyn's inspiration to bead began in 2018 upon hearing the story of her dad tragically losing his beaded gauntlets in a fire. Through her attendance at a weekly beading night at the Manitoba Métis Federation, Bronwyn learned appliqué style two-needle beading before slowing moving into hand weaving. Since learning to hand weave, Bronwyn has recently focused on creating beaded earrings, which has been her way of expressing her complicated identity as a Métis woman living in a dynamic urban setting, displaced from her traditional territory. Besides beadwork, Bronwyn expresses her identity by continually learning to read, write and speak Cree.
Additionally, Bronwyn is a graduate from the University of Winnipeg, with a BA (Hons.) in Human Geography, with a narrow focus on both post/neo-colonialism and cultural geography.
photos © Nawal Sagher