I learned to make earrings in a fun, contemporary style mainly from people in Yellowknife. Everyone is so creative here – I love it. I grew up in British Columbia and then moved to the NWT, so this influences my style of work. I grew up around Aboriginal life and try to bring that culture and aspect into my art from a different perspective. It tells the story of me and it speaks to the people and landscapes I am drawn towards.
I start by looking at the materials that I have and what could fit together. There is a lot of trial and error and lots of tweaking. Making earrings is inspiring because in the end it is nothing like any other and usually something better than I imagined. It is an outlet for something creative that corresponds to my mood. I love that it is mine and represents me in how I have grown in many ways, and aspects of the North and my life here.