"My art explores and blends my own culture with my current diverse urban surroundings. Respecting tradition and keeping it alive through art drives my creative process. I am also intrigued and inspired by the evolution within the art of aboriginal communities when exposed to new materials and techniques. For example, the northern Athabaskan exposure to European beads which resulted in a whole new form of art – beadwork.
Over the years, as beadwork became more popular and easier to work with, the art of quillwork slowly began to diminish. In a similar way to the northern athatbaskan I also aim to combine this modern form of adornment with the old – Quillwork, in order to carry on the legacy of our elders while combining new designs and techniques of my own.”
Caroline Blechert of Creations for Continuity
Taati K’e Nezi Naxixè Hòe?à (Season’s Greetings)!
The holiday shopping season has begin, so we've collected our favorite wish list gifts in no particular order!
- Jewelry by Creations for Continuity - Her collection adds a little northern light sparkle.
- Rabbit Mittens by Norman Wells Historical Society - These mittens will keep your fingers warm!
- Moosehide Jacket - To be given this jacket is a sign he/she really loves you.
- Beaded coaster by Dora Duncan - It's too beautiful to set a glass on but a beautiful gift to admire in a frame.
- Stroud Purses - made by the women of Gameti, own one for each month of the year!
- Ulu earrings by Mary Jane Nigiyok of Ulukhaktok, NT is the closest gift you can get from the North Pole.
- Vest by the Community Government of Whati, NT. It's all about layering up in Winter.
- Wrap around Moccasins or Jihke - Nothing else will keep your toes toasty warm this winter.
- Moosehide business card case - stunning but also a great place to hold your business card or ours.
- Rosaries by Amy - Has a beautiful collect of Rosaries for everyone, and after our list you may need to pray you've been nice!
Dora Duncan of the Sahtu Region from Colville Lake, NWT., now residing in Alberta but still spends much of her time in Norman Wells and Colville Lake, NWT. She grew up learning her art from her mother and relatives. Thankful to all who taught her the best of their art and designs. Learned herself mostly by watching others work, visual art. Happy and enjoying the work that was demonstrated and shared with her.
Her latest creation - beaded coasters reflect her creativity and innovation of her distinctive Sahtu style.