Billie Zangewa attended Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, receiving a BFA in graphics and printmaking in 1995. After graduation, Zangewa moved to Johannesburg, where she continues to reside. She worked in the fashion and advertising industries before devoting her time wholly to art. Drawing upon her understanding of textiles and fashion design, the artist combines text, luscious fabrics, and embroidery techniques to create tapestries that portray vibrant urban landscapes, autobiographical scenes, and portraits. The resulting works refer to both her own experiences and those of women more broadly.