While attending the Immaculate Conception Indian School in Aklavik, I learned the basics of moosehair tufting from Sister Beatrice Leduc. After my marriage, I left the delta region and moved to Fort Simpson, NT where I began to notice beautiful tuftings by a renowned tufter known as Grandma Lafferty. I received a bag of moosehair from Emily George so I could practice tufting. That was the beginning of a long learning curve for me.
After moving 25 miles south of Fort Providence, I would handle other women’s crafts, and when the demand for tuftings exceeded the products, I started tufting to fill the gap. It was at this time that I met Bella Bonnetrouge, another world renowned tufter. Mrs. Lafferty and Mrs. Bonnetrouge’s works of art inspired me to be creative and find my own unique style.
I had my first public show in Yellowknife in l980’s and since then I have taken part in numerous festivals to promote my work. In recent years, I have concentrated on creating miniature tuftings and I’m happy to say they are well received and hang in homes all over the world.
To keep my creativity flowing, I have branched out in beadwork and embroidery. I get my inspiration from traditional clothing and also from other artists. I love experimenting with different styles and I never start a project until I have a mental image of it. I love the challenge of bringing my mental image to reality.