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Annette Poitras

North Slave
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When I create art, it is like having a conversation with myself. The shapes in the material speak to me, saying what they want to be. The designs come naturally, like I am following common sense.

I moved to Yellowknife in 1976 from Southern Ontario. I come from an artistic family and I have been creating things ever since I was a child.  I began making jewelry in 2005 and since then it has become an integral part of my life, like breathing.  I am mostly self-taught, although I appreciate working with and learning from other artists.

Everything I make is individual and one of a kind – even a pair of earrings is not identical.  I enjoy using northern materials in my jewelry, mostly because they intrigue me with how different they all are. When you cut into a caribou antler you never know what colours or shapes you will see. While working with these natural materials, I think about the animals they came from.  The most wonderful part of my work is that it gives a second or new life to the material – by shaping it and incorporating it other items, it ends up being something beautiful again.

Artist Bio: 

Annette was born in Port Colborne, Ontario, but calls Yellowknife, NT her home since the fall of 1976.

She is a new and emerging jeweler who works with caribou / moose antler, musk-ox and bison horn, mammoth ivory and mammoth tooth, fossil coral, porcupine quills, and leather in collaboration with semi-precious gemstones, sterling silver, solid brass and copper.

Annette has been creating art for the past 20 years. She credits her mother as being an accomplished seamstress, and her grandfathers and uncles as wood carvers. She has always been creative and enjoys using items that are thought to be useless, and making them into something new.


Last Updated: October 18, 2018

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