My interest in making earring began when I attended a powwow in Alberta in 2014. There were so many vendors with beautiful earring collections that it inspired me to start making some of my own. I taught myself how to bead and eventually, started creating my own designs.
I am Inuvialuit, so my designs are influenced by my culture. I try to use things like the delta braid, a well-known pattern in the Western Arctic, as well as incorporating ulus and inuksuk shapes into my designs. I have mostly done a lot of ombré style, and am working on adding more colour into my patterns.
My designs have evolved in the past years. I started with seed beads and porcupine quills, and now I’m trying to make the longer earrings with moose hide and delica beads. I enjoy making art, being creative and passing time this way. I especially enjoy making art because other people appreciate it, which is why I like to post my creations on social media. I love to see when people connect with my creations.
I usually make beaded earrings but I also like to make dream catchers. At the same powwow in Alberta, I purchased a small dream catcher for my vehicle. They are beautiful and you can take them with you. At the time, I bought some small hoops to make my own dream catchers and have used a few since, in the hopes of eventually making bigger ones as well. I enjoy the process of creating them and I love that they can be used for decorative or spiritual purposes.