Traditional crafts and what I call “soft furnishings”, such as quilts, clothing, dolls and rugs, are what I create for my home and to sell. I began when I was young by quilting a blanket for my bed. Socks and mitts were taught by working with my mother and grandmother. I havre enjoyed working with a variety of mediums including sealskin. I can easily bend, shape and pleat, making the most of the light and dark colors on the hide.
I use my sewing machine every single day of the year! Sewing is relaxing and creative. When you get women together to sew it’s a really beautiful place to share traditional knowledge and life skills.
Lately I’ve been up-cycling products, which makes me look at things from a different perspective. It’s a nice way to start the creative process. I love to reflect on how I can upgrade what I already have, or transform something into something better. In that way, maybe I will create something that is useful for others too. I ask myself: “What could I do with this product? What could it be transformed into? What pieces would I want to keep and which ones would I remove? And what do I want it to look like in the end?” Sometimes that process will take me a while, especially if I have to do some research, but most of the time I will just wait and let the inspiration come.
Creating something out of a need has always been a huge inspiration for me. A lot of my art has evolved in a traditional way from sitting with my grandmother. She’s the one who taught me to create out of a need. A lot of my inspiration comes from my time learning from her, and eventually from my mother too. Hopefully, I can pass it on to my daughter as well.