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May Andre

Region: 
Inuvik Beaufort Delta
Community: 
Fort McPherson
Phone: 
(867) 952-2828
Address: 
Box 102
Fort McPherson, NT X0E 0J0

Artist Story

I learned to sew from my sister at a very early age. The first thing she taught me to make was a beaded necklace and it just went from there – slippers, mitts, hats, keychains, barrettes, rings – everything! It’s what we women do here. It’s a good day when I get to wake up, sit down, and sew.

I like experimenting with different colour combinations in my beading and that’s what I think makes my work special. My favourite colours to work with are pink, blue and purple. I have a mentor in Calgary who has been teaching me to make different things, or to bring new things into my traditional work, like making rings with crystals in them. The fur I use is mostly muskrat and rabbit, depending on what is available.

My inspiration comes from books – I look at books and I see ideas, and do my best to make designs that capture them. One of my favourite things about making my art is watching the smiles on people’s faces when I give them the piece. Especially when it’s gifts for family. It’s a way for me to really make people happy.

Artist Bio: 

May was born and raised in Fort McPherson, NT. She has been sewing and beading on traditional moosehide garments since she was a teenager.

Last Updated: October 6, 2015

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