I have been sewing for as long as I can remember; making just little things like a child likes to do. My mom would just cut something up and we would sew it any old way. I think it was her way of keeping us quiet! She also said if you want to be a good drawer, look for flowers when you go in the bush and on the land. She said that’s where she got her inspiration from, so that’s what I did too.
I create mostly northern flowers and things like dandelions and mushrooms, lady slippers, cattails and pussy willows. I like the finished product. I look at it and I say, “Did I really do this?” I’m always proud that I can make things well and people like them too. I have also been tanning moose hides for many, many years. Its very hard work but I enjoy it and find it relaxing. I also like knowing the hide I use to make my art was tanned by myself. Another reason to be proud of my work!
I started tufting when I had my third child. Back then, tufting was the only traditional art I hadn’t done. Granny Lafferty used to do a lot of tufting but she didn’t want to teach me then. So I went over to my sister’s to ask her to save me some hair. The first one was a mess but I kept at it until I got the hang of it and now I feel like I have been doing it all my life.