I have been sewing for as long as I can remember. My Grandmother Mary and my Mother Margaret are amazing traditional sewers. I watched them from a young age and learned from them. I have always found it very easy to create art in any form, from wood working to antler working to traditional sewing, carving, painting and anything else that interests me or catches my eye.
I try to create what others haven’t – incorporating traditional techniques in everything I make with a twist of contemporary. I create art that makes me happy – and if I am happy with my creations then I believe that others will also find that joy. It is amazing to see something so beautiful that you alone created and even more amazing to see people wearing it or buying it. I still have a hard time when people come up to me and compliment me about my work but that is getting easier.
I feel at peace when I’m in my space, surrounded by my “junk”, a good cup of coffee and no one around. Making art keeps my mind young and creative. I have a million ideas and never enough time. I use a lot of recycled material and stuff that other would never think to use. I am always on the lookout for art “supplies”.
For me, art is a way of life. It builds self-worth, self-esteem and self-love. It’s about being Aboriginal and it’s about being proud. Proud of who I am. Proud of how far I have come, proud of who and what I was taught and proud of my creations and hopeful for the future. I am hoping to pass on some knowledge to the younger kids in the community. Well, not only the young, but also the young at heart.