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Martha Drake

Fort Simpson
(867) 695-3292
Box 287
Fort Simpson, NT X0E 0N0

Artist Story

I think it is important to keep the arts tradition alive. At one point, I looked around at shops and galleries and older women were doing a lot of the artwork. I was thinking someone in my generation, or younger, has to pick up this kind of craft or it will die off. So I got involved.As a young girl, I did some beadwork and sewing of uppers for moccasins for my mother during the summer months when I came home from residential school. I didn’t start sewing seriously until 2007 and my first moccasins were very difficult. I had to do the pleating about three times and finally my mother looked at it and said it was good.

I try to make everything perfect in the way that if a petal takes 24 beads, I make sure all petals of the flower have 24 beads. I like it to be perfect and uniform in size. I use photography to go out and take pictures of flowers for my designs. For example, I took a picture of a Mountain Aven flower and now I use it on my credit card holders. I also like geometrical patterns. My mother always tells people, ‘Oh that Martha, she just makes up her own geometric designs and I don’t know where she gets them from.’ It is different from anybody else, but I like that about my artwork.

Last Updated: October 6, 2015

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