Tanis Simpson

Artist Bio: 

Tanis ‘Akutuq’ Simpson is an Inuvialuk fibre artist and qiviut mill operator, originally from Sachs Harbour and Inuvik, Northwest Territories. In 2019, she and her brother Bradley ‘Oukpak’ Carpenter purchased a set of vintage fibre mill machines from a  Alaska. They then founded Qiviut Inc., a 100% Inuit-owned, family-run fibre mill processing qiviut from sustainably harvested NWT muskoxen. Based in Nisku, Alberta, the small but skilled team at Qiviut Inc. produces high-quality qiviut yarns, knitwear, and hand warmers; offers mill tours and workshops; and sells handcrafted goods on behalf of Inuit artists.

Tanis' interest in working with sealskin began in 2013 when she had the opportunity to teach in Sachs Harbour and to attend a community sewing class. She had the privilege to learn from local elders like Lena Wolki. Since then Tanis has created various sealskin pieces but her main focus has been on her fibre mill.  She is currently residing in Inuvik where she plans to continue working for her company and to participate in cultural workshops to gain more traditional knowledge.

Last Updated: March 6, 2024

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