Josephine Nasogaluak

Région : 
Inuvik (Beaufort-Delta)
Collectivité : 
Tuktoyaktuk
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Histoire de l'artiste

I started sewing when I was 13 years old. As a kid, I would always see my mother sew and she passed all of her knowledge to me.

I like how sewing relaxes me. The whole process of creating my artwork seems to make me feel comfortable and at ease. I love making something no one else has ever done before. I like starting project, and I also really love to see the finished product. I particularly enjoy sitting around with a group of ladies or with my sister-in-law at any hour of the night to sew and spend time together. I choose embroidery over beading, as that is what I was taught from my mother.

I will do most of my sewing in the wintertime when I have a bit more time to myself.  I like to sew in the evenings, when my family is asleep. I sew mostly for them, which makes me feel really good in my heart. I recently started selling my items, but I mostly enjoy creating items at my own pace that have meaning behind them.

Sealskin is my favourite natural material to work with. When I look at a piece of sealskin, I can see the pattern and work with it. You have to find that pattern and figure out what you are going to make just by looking at it. That part of the process comes naturally to me; I can see it, just like carvers can see a pattern in soapstone.  Sewing is part of our culture. It is part of us. It is who we are.

Biographie de l'artiste: 

Josephine was born in Inuvik and grew up in Tuktoyaktuk. She sells her artwork to local people, or will otherwise be busy making items for her own family.  At some point in the future, Josephine would like to teach sewing to the youth in her community. When she is not sewing, Josephine will be fishing, out on the land.

Dernière mise à jour : 16 novembre 2020

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