I create traditional art because I love designing. I have been doing it since I was 9-years-old. I make art to give to my children and my grandchildren. What I give them is part of me. It is who they are too. It is in me to share.
When I walk through the bush, I always see the beautiful northern roses, like the ones you see on ladies’ slippers. All the things around me create pictures in my mind too – I go home and draw them. The things I make are from what I see and my art is my interpretation of that experience. I love to work with the beauty and the colours of nature.
When I do moose hair dying, it is like when you paint your house – a few drops here and there results in different kinds of beautiful colours. It is not just one simple colour. There are all sorts of different shades. That is like life. At one time, moose hair tufting was the most beautiful art that everyone did. Slowly it started dying. But now we are trying to revive it. It is an important part of our history and our culture and it is important to preserve.