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Brenda Baptiste

Region: 
Sahtu
Community: 
Deline
Phone: 
(867) 589-4220
Address: 
Lot 8, Block 12
P.O. Box 2
Deline, NT X0E 0G0

Artist Story

My grandmother taught me to make uppers when I was somewhere between 8 and 10 years old. She raised me so it was comforting to sew with her. It was a way to sit with her and get to know her. When I was younger I helped tan hide but I haven’t done it for a long time. I mostly make things like baby straps, ammunition bags, ID holders, purses, uppers or mukluks for family and friends and people in the community.

I prefer to hand sew everything together so that is what makes my work unique. I only use a sewing machine if I have to, like if it is a really big piece. I enjoy sewing by hand. It takes a long time but I enjoy doing it that way. I still have the two young ones at home with me but next year, when they are in school, I would like to go to Fort Smith and take the Traditional Arts Program there. 

I like to draw and bead bigger flowers. It is my alone time when it is quiet and it helps me to stay calm and relaxed. That is why I enjoy doing it. I would like to teach sewing to my daughter when she is older, for sure. I think it is something she will probably enjoy.

Artist Bio: 

"I have sewed all my life and was taught by my late grandmother. I currently reside in Deline, NT and enjoy getting new ideas from fellow Arts/Crafts workers." Brenda Baptiste specializes in Slippers, Mukluk patterns and gloves.

Last Updated: October 6, 2015

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