ABOUT

Yaama (Hello in Gamilaraay), My name is Natasha Kaiser nee Budda-Deen, I am a proud Aboriginal woman from the Gomeroi tribe in NSW. I currently reside in Victoria with my husband and 2 young sons. 

I spent most of my childhood in Grafton NSW, and, was very lucky to spend some of that time on my little brother and sisters country in Yamba NSW (Yaegl country) with their families and have been able to develop close ties with their family. I also lived on country (Gomeri Country) with my father as a teenager, this was  a vital learning experience for me.

I was also lucky enough to learn to paint and weave, two of my uncle's and aunty shared their craft with me and I feel very grateful to be able to share that with you. I am very grateful to the strong women and men in my family who have mentored and guided me throughout the years and help shape me into the strong, black woman I am today.

My inspiration behind the business comes from my boys hence the name "Wurrumay", which means "Son" in my traditional Gamilaraay language. I initially started my business as an art page. I have spent a lot of time painting over the years but really got back into it when pregnant with my eldest son.

During maternity leave with my second son, I decided to expand my business to a collective and offer so much more then commissioned artwork. I also wanted products that everyone could afford, but also maintaining a connection to my Aboriginal culture. I am always expanding my range and looking for new ways to develop my brand. The end goal is to have my own warehouse and employ a heap of mob to come and help me.

 

A special mention to my late uncle, you have inspired me to do so much with myself, my family and most importantly my art and culture. Thank you for everything you taught me. This is for you unc.