I have been interested in clothing design since I was a young girl growing up in Behchoko, a small community just outside Yellowknife. I could see traditional designs slowly slipping away and I thought there must be something I could do to help preserve this beautiful form of art.
In 2002, I made the very difficult decision to return back to school at the Yvonne Yuen School of Design in Saskatoon. After I raised my family, school was the healing tool I needed for my personal life. I now have three diplomas in professional fashion design, marketing and business administration, and accounting. My designs have been shown on runways in Germany and Toronto L’Oreal Fashion Week and I love the excitement and energy of being a part of events such as these.
My creative process usually begins with a traditional Aboriginal design created from caribou or factory tanned white hide. From there, I incorporate modern techniques to create a custom piece that is contemporary in style but retains traditional influences. A lot of my designs surround celebratory events such as weddings and graduations. When I work the designs just dance in front of me and I am further inspired to share more of what I love to create.