In my teen years, I learned to sew by observing other women in my community, bead and do embroidery work. Alot of them did such neat work, especially my aunt. By observing, they inspired me to take pride in my work, too.
One desire that I had was to learn the art of tufting with caribou and moose hair, and also to work with porcupine quills. These skills were taught at the Inuvik college which I was enrolled in. My favourite art piece that I do is a berry bowl. This is made of birch bark sewn onto velvet material and each berry is tuft above the basket shape birch bark. It looks llike a basket over flowing with berries.
Porcupine quill work is rarely seen today. In the 1900's, the Gwichi'in women would tan caribou hides and make clothing with porcupine quill design. The quills were dyed from different plants. Pictures of these garments can be found in Dene books.
My inspiration comes from traditional arts.