Krystal is a self trained artist who creates in multi-faceted medias and modes of expression. Her primary works feature charcoals, soft pastels, beadwork and textiles.
A passion for cycles of nature, astronomy, astrology & mythologies act as catalysts of inspiration which serve as guides throughout the composition of her arts. Her ancestors are mixed European & Coast Salish.
This painting series features in-house made botanical inks that were brewed from locally harvested sumac berries + riverbank grapes so their vibrant tones reflect the landscapes of our community.
Astro-knot canvases can be used as a portable guide in astronomical gazing, framed as art, or token in personal ritual space. Each panel features a beadwork weaving of a constellation or moon phases; all designs are her own and referenced from astronomical maps.
My name is Carie McBain. I am a wife, Mom to my beautiful daughter Isabella and a proud traditional Mi’kmaq dancer and artist. Growing up, I always wanted to learn more about my culture and traditions. Over the last few years, a good friend of mine has taken me under their wing and helped me in my journey to knowing more about myself and my ways. She’s helped me gain confidence in my beadwork and has stood by me as I asked many questions about teachings and guidance. My love for beading and learning traditional dancing has been lifesaving. I suffer from PTSD and beading and dancing has truly grounded me.
My goal was to learn to bead and sew in order to create my own traditional regalia. This is where Carie McBainCreations came about. I bead to share my love, passion and stories. This has also opened another step in my business. I am a successful owner of a online bead supply company. I feel grateful to run a successful side business involving what I am most passionate about.
Robyn Mo-Lian and Zorga Qaunaq met while working at Nunavut Sivuniksavut, an Inuit Studies college program based in Ottawa, Ontario. With Robyn’s love for miyuki beading and accessory design and Zorga’s affinity for making sealskin and leather jewelry, they decided to join forces and create Chinu Designs!
Robyn and Zorga both like to make jewelry and have a keen interest in running a small business. So, in the summer of 2019, they decided to bring their work together at a local market in Ottawa! Our work emanates chill but badass - we like to have our outside reflect our inside! Robyn is Malaysian/Chinese, and Zorga is Inuk, which inspired the name of Chinu Designs (Chinese + Inuk = Chinu).
Chinu values sustainability, confidence, authenticity, and cultural awareness. Our unique designs fuse Asian and Inuit culture, using high quality sourced materials.
My name is Stephanie and I'm an Ojibwe/settler-mixed visual artist sharing my art with the community. I'm an Urban Indigenous woman (she/her) currently living on traditional Unceded Algonquin Territory (Ottawa-Gatineau). I work primarily with acrylic paint, pencils, acrylic markers on canvas and wood, as well as wood-burning. Practicing my art is vital to my journey of healing and cultural reclamation. Through my art I try to reflect my values of protecting the environment, infusing my love and knowledge of environmental sciences, making connections within community and the earth, and the teachings we can learn from the land and our relationship to it.
Stephanie Peltier is a Francophone First Nations (Ojibway/Odawa/Potawatomi) Artist from Wiikwemikoong Unceded Territory and deer clan. Stephanie has created beadwork since 2014 and her jewelry has been worn by several well-known individuals across the world and has facilitated workshops with the help of her unique Beginner Beading Kit. A note from the artist: "As a child, I always loved handmade crafts and admired my grandmother’s hands that showed years of hard work. My grandmother’s name was Delia, a mother of 13 children. She created beautiful quilted blankets, miniature birch bark canoes, sweet grass turtles, little hats and coasters. I feel it is important to continue her legacy of creating, telling stories and sharing those teachings to others about my culture.My other grandmother, Estelle, has recently retired after running a sewing shop located in the heart of Chelmsford, Ontario for over 40 years. I enjoyed watching her sew various clothing and got to see her work in her salon. Estelle Delia is my middle name and I wear it proudly, and how my brand Delia Estelle Designs was born. Delia passed in spirit world at the age of 92. I took her passing incredibly hard and I needed to heal, that was when I decided to take the leap and continue her legacy by immersing myself into beadwork and sewing to reconnect with my culture. I designed my first jingle dress and danced at the “Wiky” pow-wow during August long-weekend in 2015. Today, I continue to evolve my beadwork with new, modern, and styles that still have a traditional element to them. My love and medicine are incorporated into my work with various materials such as porcupine quills, deer antlers pieces and I have recently picked up a new technique called caribou tufting which I find so intricate and calming. More importantly, beading has opened many doors for me including reconnecting with my culture and developing relationships with indigenous friends. At the age of 7 when I first moved to Ottawa, I did not have any indigenous friends and didn’t have any growing up. Taking this step has made me feel incredibly blessed and proud to have met amazing indigenous folks that I call my friends and family."
Jamie Metallic is a Mi'gmaq member of the Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation people. She now resides in Ottawa, ON. She is a self-taught artist, who has always had the interest in making traditional crafts since she was a young child. Jamie loves to incorporate both traditional and non-traditional materials and design to her creations. "There is always a personal connection I made when creating each piece of item, it's hard not to." Jamie's interests are making traditional beaded mitts, moccasins, ribbon skirts, quill earrings, beaded earrings, beaded bracelets and Pow-wow regalia's over the last 17 years. "Over the years as an artist you do get inspired by other people's work, but I'd like to think that I've developed my own style of beadwork and creations. I like to put my own spin on my designs, I love to incorporate quill work into my earrings for example and think outside the box for my bead design on my mitts, I like for them to standout."
Kokom Scrunchies was created by Mya, a talented 10 year old. Mya works to make sure that all the scrunchies are handmade and is on a mission to bring Kokom Scrunchies to everyone. What started off as an idea, has taken Mya on a path of bringing Kokom Scrunchies to everyone, young and old. Each Sunday, Kokom Scrunchies releases a limited edition Scrunchie.
Kokumoon was born in honour of our grandmothers spiritual journey of the healing moon Giizisoonhg Mnidoons (11.12.19). Inspired by the heart of Mother Nature and the love and wisdom of grandmother moon, Kokumoon honours the connection, beauty and the spirit of generations.
Featured Jewelry pieces are also created and beaded with locally sourced materials from Mother Earth, pearls & shells from great seas, precious metals, genuine leathers and gemstones of powerful healing properties. All of our creations are influenced by the moon, earth and waters & most of all the heart of Kokumoon.
Kokumoon resides & creates on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation.
Nicole Beauchamp is a member of The Métis Nation of Ontario who currently resides in Wendover.
"I find solace in traditional native craft and I’m inspired by my Métis Grandmothers. Each piece is uniquely hand crafted in the spirit of the Métis traditions. Métis are very well known for their floral beadwork. Glass beads are delicately sewn to leather and then assembled to adorn mittens, pouches, moccasins, bags and coats.
In searching for my roots within the Métis community, I began creating Smudge Fans. These smudge fans facilitated my discussions with other Métis and First Nation groups.
Since then I have had the privilege of offering workshops to Crown Indigenous Relations & Northern Affairs Canada, individuals and schools. I was invited to participate at amazing fairs such as CANDO 2019 Annual National Conference, the Indigenous ART Market at the National Art Center in Ottawa, the Indegenous Awareness Week at Tunney’s Pasture for the First Nations & Inuit Health Branch, KUMIK and more.
My work includes Mittens for women and men in small, medium or large size; Shields sacred objects to decorated with symbolic designs that reflected the personal vision or spirit guide; Dream catchers in a variety of sizes and shapes; Smudge fans for & herbs for ‘’Smudging’’; Talking sticks;Moccasins and more."
Mariah Miigwans (Little Feather) Smith Chabot is Algonquin First Nation from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. Well known in the Ottawa Indigenous community, She is a multi talented Cultural Ambassador sharing stories through the hoop, fancy shawl, jingle dress dancing, and her beadwork (Miigwans Creations) in various capacities.
Turtle Lodge Trading Post Inc. is an Indigenous-owned mail-order wholesale/retail company that was founded in 2006 by Karen Bisson, a Metis woman with Wendat and Mi'kmaq ancestors. Today TLTP employs a dozen people, including eight full-time and four part-time staff. Over the years, TLTP has earned a reputation as a trusted supplier of whole leaf organic Semah (for ceremony only), Sweetgrass, Sages, and other dried herbs, shells, smudge bundles, feathers, and other ceremonial tools, Indigenous art and gifts, Orange shirts, & lots more!! For years we watched good people struggle with uncertainty about the availability, cost, quality & source for their ceremonial medicines & tools. We made it our mission to become a trusted source for these products. We believe this care & concern for quality & respect for the plant world that allows us to offer the level of excellence that our customers have come to expect. We are located on 10 acres of mostly forest in Clayton, Ontario. We don’t have a physical store, per se, just rooms full of shelves and bins. We operate by appointment for pick-up, and are mainly a mail-order company. We also have our “Turtle on the Road” program where, for several years (pre-covid), you could find us at pow wows and events around the region, as well as by special invitation on a regular basis at the Kumik Elders' Lodge & the Wabano Centre for Indigenous Health. On behalf of our entire staff, we offer our deep, heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years. Your encouragement, loyalty and wisdom are greatly appreciate
The Wawatie's are a large Algonquin Anishinaabe family whose roots spread across the Outaouais and Abitini-Temiscamingue regions of Quebec. They are a large family of artists who specialize in a variety of styles and work, mainly inspired by nature and the land they have lived on for generations. They are painters, sewers, beaders, and more. Their knowledge has and will continue to be passed onto younger generations to keep the styles and techniques alive.
Les Wawatie sont une grande famille algonquine et anichinabée profondément enracinée dans les régions de l'Outaouais et de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue au Québec. Elle comprend de nombreux artistes aux styles et aux specialités divers (peinture, couture, perlage et autres), qui trouvent tous leur inspiration dans la nature et le territoire qu'ils habitent depuis des generations. Leurs styles et leurs techniques sont transmis de génération en génération et continueront de l'être pour encore longtemps.
"Hi I’m Lynn, owner of Wick-It Naturals located on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on the beautiful Bay of Quinte. We hand-pour, in small batches, 100% natural soy wax products such as candles, tea lights and melts. We use 100% cotton, lead-free wicks. If you have never experienced soy wax, you must give it a try. 100% natural, environmentally friendly, biodegradable and non-toxic, free from herbicides & pesticides, not tested on animals, longer, cooler & cleaner burning and almost no soot build-up. An 8 oz. candle can give you more than 40 hours of burn time. We also hand-pour vegetable-based soaps with unique designs and natural bath bombs. Sweet Grass, Sage, Cedar and Tobacco scents are our specialties along with many of our own blends. As well, we carry hand-knit items from Tyendinaga and one-of-a-kind hand beaded jewelry. Check out our website, you won't be disappointed!"
At Wolf and Crow Studio we offer a series of collaborative works from beadwork, hand painted rawhide earrings, bolo ties, prints to original paintings and most recently we are working on holiday decorations for this upcoming holiday season! Our work is important to us and we place a lot of love and care into the craft and it is something we love creating and working artistically with our hands; and very much enjoy sharing our art with everyone.
Ashley-Rose Machendagoos is an Ojibway artist from Whitesand First Nation. She grew up in Thunder Bay, where she lived on the Fort William Reservation for most of her childhood. Ashley is a self-taught jewellery designer. She specializes in both contemporary and traditional styles, while continually pursuing new teachings on traditional techniques. Ashley currently resides in Wahnapitae, Ontario, Canada
zhawenim: to bless; have mercy, compassion for; show loving-kindness, unconditional love for.