Artist Story

I love creating earrings with beads. I incorporate hides, leather, feathers and charms in my designs. I also like to make necklaces, bracelets, and keychains, as well as beaver and seal fur mitts. I do my best to make each piece unique and ensure that they are made with a lot of heart and love.

I began creating art because I felt the need to expand my mind and try something new. I was also seeking a connection to my Dene roots and to like-minded people who were passionate about hobbies involving Indigenous art.

My inspiration comes from a place of healing. Focusing on my healing helps me to stay present and brings me peace. It also offers a place to meditate on the beauty of a completed art piece that I've created, and on all the blessings in my life. I'm trying really hard to become the highest version of myself. I have a lot to unlearn and a lot to learn and discover every day.

Making art can be a vulnerable place. It’s also a place where I can make mistakes and learn to do things right, over and over again. Hopefully, along the way, other people could get inspired to tap into their own creative passions and see that anything is possible if you put in the required work.

The Dene Laws mention sharing what you have. Creating my artwork is a way of sharing for me. I see it as a creative gift that passes through me, from my ancestors and all my angels in the spirit world, including my Dad. I know they would appreciate my efforts.

Artist Bio: 

Andrea was born and raised in Yellowknife, and currently lives in Dettah. She currently sells her artwork at the YKDFN Artisan Shop, craft sales and on social media platforms

Last Updated: November 16, 2023

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