I am a Métis artist born and raised in the Northwest Territories. I create my artwork for an inner sense of satisfaction. Not only is it relaxing, but it gives me a great sense of accomplishment to see my projects come about. I’m inspired by nature, and try to spend as much time outdoors as possible year round. I find inspiration from the birds, trees, and animals where I live, and try to incorporate that into my crafts.
My mother and grandmother were my teachers. They sewed outerwear articles of clothing for all family members their whole lives. They were self-taught and did it without patterns. I picked up my craft from watching them and was inspired by their creations.
A lot of the things I create are traditional like northern parkas and mukluks. The style and designs I’m using are uniquely my own. I come up with new ideas that are not so traditional. They are northern, but they are used in different ways. A lot of times if I’m sewing for someone in particular, I will try to learn a bit about their lifestyle so that I can somehow incorporate that into what I’m making for them. The most satisfying thing for me is to see is the light in their eyes when they see what I’ve created.
I’d like to think that I’m carrying on a tradition in the family through my artwork, just like my mother and my grandmother. They might have sewn out of necessity, but they also sewed for the satisfaction of the craft and they were very creative in what they did. I’d like to think I’m following in their footsteps.