You can click on any thumbnail to view a slideshow of the beadwork. Thanks for you patience as I am in the process of adding more infomation about the images. You can also scroll down to read about beads in my life =)
Since coming to the Yukon, I have tried my hand at many different kinds of beadwork, including peyote stitch and brick stitch, cabochon jewelry, a bit of the more intricate form of beading on leather or felt, and incorporating beads with wire wrapping.
These days I have not been creating more of the intricate types of beadwork because my over enthusiasm led to sore muscles! Nonetheless I hope to be getting back into it.
A long time ago- well not that long ago– when the shadow of cultural forgetting was cast over the earth, I used to believe that beadwork, especially traditional floral beadwork, was mainly for full blooded native people, and that anyone else who created it was kind of “cheating”. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I have learned that floral beadwork was actually invented by Metis women like me. They learned European style floral embroidery from the nuns of Saint Boniface, and transformed it into a new art form inspired by indigenous flowers and the many gorgeous colours of the glass trade beads. Truly my efforts so far are like comparing modern art to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, when you look at the intricacy of historic examples. Trying is a lot of fun, and makes me really proud of were I come from.
Right now my beadwork gallery is a work in progress. At this point in time the images I have are of items that have been sold or given as gifts. That will be updated soon! And, at some future time I plan to have bead jewelry for sale on Etsy, so I will post a link when that comes to be =;.)