Kate Inuktalik

Beaufort Delta
P.O. Box --
Ulukhaktok, NT X0E 0S0

Artist Story

I learned to sew from my mother and my granny when I was a young girl. Sometimes I still dream about that, about learning to sew with my granny. I still can picture her sewing and she inspires me to continue to make new things and try new designs. I just think of how she would do it, and I try it.

I like anything I’m sewing, and anything I’m hunting. It feels good to be doing something with my hands and keeping my mind active. It’s better than TV.

My patterns are all from my head and I don’t draw them on paper first. I never have. They’re the same tomorrow as they are the next day. I just think about it, cut and sew. I use caribou hide and sealskin to make all kinds of shoes – mukluks and slippers. I make mitts and parkas too. I like to sew anything really. I put beading on my shoes but rarely put flowers in my designs. I like to make different designs using traditional materials that I think might look nice. And they do. Everything I use is from Ulukhaktok. It’s different here. Beautiful.

Last Updated: October 6, 2015

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