2020 Marketplace

November 26, 2020
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Northwestern Ontario Spotlight

Sister Bear Designs began as a healing journey for 3 sisters (Valerie, Kathleen and Malinda), to honour their family and community’s knowledge, strength, resilience and determination
Jean Marshall is Ahnishnaabe. She was raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is a band member of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, Treaty 9.
Dallas Abitong is Ojibway Anishinabekwe artisit from Sagamok First Nation, Ontario.
Marlene Kwandibens is an Ojibway from Whitesand First Nation on the northern shores of Lake Nipigon.
Audrey Deroy is an Eastern Woodland artist who translates her Anishinaabe culture visually through natural fibers and honouring material culture.
Melissa Twance is a beadwork artist who lives and works in Thunder Bay, ON. Originally from Pic Mobert First Nation, her beadwork designs pay homage to Northwestern Ontario and traditional iconography
Helen Pelletier is from Fort William First Nation, Ontario. She is inspired by her community, mentors and the land.
Sheila has been perfecting her craft for the past 14 year beading, leatherwork and learning about her culture through traditional crafts.
Cher Chapman is from Fort William First Nation, Ontario. She is an exquisite beadworker that has a very unique sense of style and design, always using the double needle stitch technique.
Shannon Gustafson (Ojibwe) is a member of Whitesand First Nation and a long term resident of Thunder Bay Ontario, She works as a full time artist and has experience in various artistic mediums
Reena Larabee is Anishnaabekwe. She grew up in Hymers, a small village just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario.


Born in the North is the design duo consisting of twin brothers Christopher and Gregory Mitchell. g.
Brenda Lee Asp captures her First Nation family ways with foundational cultural teachings of traditional leather garment creation; various concepts of print design and First Nations ways of beading.
Jay Soule aka CHIPPEWAR is an Indigenous Artist from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (Deshkaan Ziibing Anishinaabeg) located twenty minutes south west of London, Ontario
Lesley Hampton spent her early life in constant relocation. A “Third Culture Kid”, Lesley spent years in Canada’s Arctic and Atlantic, Australia, England, Indonesia, and New Caledonia.
Ay Lelum The Good House of Design is a second generation Coast Salish Design House from Nanaimo, B.C.. Garments are designed and produced in B.C. by Sisters, Aunalee and Sophia.


Tania Larsson design contemporary, northern Indigenous adornment based on Gwich’in culture, created with land-based materials.
Joi T. Arcand is an artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory, currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario.
Theresa Stevenson is a Plains and Swampy Cree from Fisher River Cree Nation, Manitoba and George Gordon First Nation, Saskatchewan, who is currently based in Toronto.
Erica Lugt is an Inuvialuit artist from Tuktoyaktuk, NT. #SheWasAFreeSpirit is Erica’s brand that comes from a pure place of love and healing while honouring Inuvialuit culture.
Mohawk Mocs proudly carries on the tradition of hand-crafting custom moccasins for the entire family.
Theresa Burning is a Seneca/Ojibway woman who has spent the majority of her life in Toronto. She has two children and two grandchildren.
Mary Jacobs creations are designed from traditional trade items and made with a modern twist.
Native Diva Creations is a First Nations owned small business in Calgary, Alberta.
White Otter Design Co. was started in 2015 to incorporate Jaymie Campbell’s love of traditional artistry with contemporary fashion.
Northern elements are finely rendered in silver to create delicate wearable artworks inspired by the artist’s Inuit heritage and the northern landscape.
Cedar-Eve began to make jewellery out of the need to learn something new. As they continue to bead, they realize that it keeps them grounded and secure cultural identity.
Urban Inuk salvages throw-away materials to turn into beautiful new things.
Catherine Blackburn was born in Patuanak Saskatchewan, of Dene and European ancestry and is a member of the English River First Nation.
Running Fox Beads was founded by Skye Paul. Skye’s artistic practice expresses a new generational perspective that respectfully sustains traditional skills and knowledge.
Niio Perkins (Bear Clan, Haudenosaunee) is an award-winning designer and owner of Niio Perkins Designs in Akwesasne, New York.
Originally from Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario and now living in Toronto.
This Claw produces traditional earrings inspired by today’s nowness.
Inuk 360 creations are made by herself, or her mom, using as much sustainably sourced arctic furs and leathers
Born and raised in Northern New York, Margaret Jacobs is a member of the AkwesasneMohawk Tribe. She shows her work nationally including recent exhibitions at Boise Art Museumin Idaho…
Angel and Alex are a 2S BIPOC couple and co-founders of Indi City.In 2017 they became the first global Indigenous Designers toincorporate wearable technology into traditional regalia.
Katie longboat is a Toronto based Indigenous bead artist, originally from Six Nations of the Grand River. Her beadwork style incorporates inspirations from the natural world, her travels, her family,
Brit Ellis aka Blu Hummimgbird is a multidisciplinary artist specializing is beadwork and cosmetic tattooing, with a background in community work and counselling.


Willow Crescent Quilting started in 2014 by Dorathy Alberta as a small home based quilting business.