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Lucy Jane Simon

Artist Bio: 

Lucy was born and raised in Jean Marie River; one of eight daughters in a family of fifteen.   She comes from a long line of creative people.  Her artistic ability was filtered down from her grandmother Adeline Sabourin.  Lucy remembers some intricate pieces of work that her grandmother created, such as designs with moose hair on every second fringe of clothing. 

Her mother, Mary Louise Sanguez, and elders Celine Gargan and Sarah Hardisty were others who demonstrated a multitude of sewing designs for Lucy.  Her mother inspired and encouraged her to continue perfecting her art and to pass along her knowledge.  Lucy is very passionate about educating this generation in the art of sewing.

At the age of nine, Lucy started working with beads and moose hide, but it was not until she was 19 years old that she started working with moose hair tufting.  That subsequently led her to refine her own extraordinary and unique designs in many traditional forms such as moose hide tanning, moose hair tufting and beading. 

At a young age, Lucy was involved in the establishment of the Jean Marie Native Arts with a group of women who travelled to Whitehorse and showcased her art work.  She is well-known across the Dehcho for providing demonstrations and workshops where she generously shares her knowledge with others and promotes traditional craft. 

Lucy has displayed and demonstrated her art at the Open Sky Festival and Gallery, the Great Northern Arts Festival and at many local events. Her art has also been displayed at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Last Updated: November 6, 2015
Region: 
Dehcho
Community: 
Jean Marie River
Associations: 
Address: 
P.O. Box 502
Jean Marie River, NT X0E 0N0
Phone: 
(867) 809-2031

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