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Elaine Auger

South Slave
Hay River
(867) 874-4824
68 Reserve Highway
P.O. Box 3070
Hay River, NT X0E 1G4

Artist Story

The women in my family do traditional sewing like moccasins and clothing. I learned to bead from them, which I use to make modern styled jewelry.

In 2009, I started shopping for materials while I was living in Grande Prairie, and looking through magazines to get ideas of what I wanted to make. I watch the other ladies that do beadwork. Their colour schemes are extraordinary and I find that inspiring to create my own coordinated colours. My creative process starts with graphic paper where I draw out the design. I’ll often throw a piece together and if I don’t like it, take it a part and start again.

I love to see women wear my jewelry. I love that someone is using my art. I have received a lot of positive feedback and some say not many ladies do what I do. It is modern and always changing with a little bit of traditional influences.

I am always researching on how to develop new jewelry and what designs I can recreate with beads. I am always trying to incorporate new tactics and techniques. I think I am in the middle of my evolutionary process as an artist and am really excited about what tomorrow will bring for my artwork.

Last Updated: March 2, 2018

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