CRAFTEDShow + Sale
This year you can shop over 90 artists from Manitoba, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Nunatsiavut with works spanning textiles, glass, wood, metal, clay, and more – all in one place. Admission also includes access to the galleries!
To kick off the CRAFTED weekend, join us for a special Fashion Show in the galleries featuring 200+ looks from designers across Manitoba, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Nunatsiavut! Proceeds will go towards Tunngasugit Inuit Resource Centre.
CRAFTED: Show + Sale is a one-of-a-kind craft show presented in partnership with Manitoba Craft Council, Northwest Territories Arts and Nunavut Development Corporation.
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Meet the Artists
Alina Tungilik lives in Kuugaaruk (Pelly Bay) and started carving at the age of 12. She was taught by her mother, Emily Illuitok’s older sister. The influence of her aunt, master artist Emily Pangnerk Illuitok is very evident in her carving style. Her works are in the classic Kuugaaruk style working in mixed materials incorporating inlays of ivory, whalebone and caribou antler. She has been carving for many years in varied subject matters from day to day life in the community to the traditional ways of living on the land.
Aliza Amihude is an internationally recognized art jeweller whose playful approach emphasizes jewellery as sculpture for the body. She has exhibited and sold her one-of-a-kind jewellery across Canada and the world. Some of her clients include Susan Sarandon and the Honourable Adrienne Clarkson! Aliza challenges the economic and cultural standardization of precious metals and gems by mixing these with found objects considered monetarily worthless, such as branches and sand. She aims to create a change in people’s perceptions by using the ordinary in extraordinary ways.
Anastasia Pindera holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where she focused on jewellery and metalsmithing. Pindera’s designs are mainly hand-carved in wax and cast in bronze and sterling silver. The body is the subject in Pindera’s contemporary jewellery, which examines gender, sexuality and Western beauty ideals. Her objective is to challenge social conventions, and encourage empowerment and everyday conversations. She is the recipient of several arts awards and has exhibited work internationally.
Andréanne Mulaire Dandeneau was born and raised in Saint-Boniface, Manitoba. She is of Ojibwa/French Métis ancestry and has created her Heritage clothing line to honour Canada’s French, Indigenous, and Métis character. Andréanne is committed to fair trade, environmental stewardship, and ethical business practices which has lead to Anne Mulaire’s Just-In-Time philosophy and waste-reducing circular manufacturing model. With comfort and versatility at the forefront of design, Anne Mulaire is an expression of heritage, beauty, and pride. In 2022, Andréanne celebrated 17 years as a designer and manufacturer, right here in Winnipeg.
Goota Ashoona is a third generation, female Inuit artist from Cape Dorset, Nunavut. From a long line of wellknown artists, Ashoona, along with her artist husband Bob Kussy and their twin sons Joe Jaw and Samueli Ashoona, founded and run Ashoona Studios, currently operating in Elie, Manitoba. Produced both individually and collaboratively, their work is part autobiographical and part historical, detailing stories from their family life. Many carvings are made from whalebone and black argilite but often mixed with other materials such as caribou antler, soapstone, copper, and claws.
Bambi's Traditional Arts
Bambi lives in Inuvik. Driven by her passion and grounded by her roots, Bambi continues to gain experience and knowledge by making artwork for all to enjoy. She loves to share and teach her traditional Inuvialuit knowledge by guiding sewing classes. Bambi started selling her creations in 2012.
Bare No Tools
Marissa Hoff (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist from Winnipeg, MB. Marissa finds inspiration for her work through the connection between identity and space, and viewing interactions between fluid, shifting shapes. She began her interest in sculpture while studying Environmental Design at the University of Manitoba. Marissa now designs and creates simple form sculptural pendants and seeks to continue to break the binary of fashion, and who can wear what based on their gender expression or size.
Bead n Butter
Bead n butter is an accessories brand owned by Jessie Pruden, a queer, disabled, Metis artist from Winnipeg. Each piece is handmade using glass beads and other materials and every design is inspired by people in Jessie’s life. Bright and colourful, each piece is created with great intention, mixing a contemporary and traditional Metis design. Bead n Butter has been featured everywhere from Paris Fashion Week, to Fashion Canada Magazine, to the Instagram of celebrities. Collaborating with her brother, Noel, Jessie works out of her home, overseen by her pug-chihuhua, Bella.
Beithe is a small batch, eco-friendly clothing line that celebrates art, colour and texture. Hand painted prints and quilted elements give a one-of-a-kind feel to the pieces. Working exclusively with natural fibers each piece is thoughtfully designed. Loose cuts and timeless silhouettes give these garments longevity, letting them live in your wardrobe for years to come. All pieces are designed and made with care in Winnipeg by Kristy Menzies in her home based studio. A mix of comfort, sustainability and style, each piece is available in sizes S to 5XL.
Brook Drabot Glass
Glass homewares and decor bring handmade inspiration to your every day. Working out of her home studio, Brook melts and blows glass using a flame working technique, along with propane and oxygen fuelled torches. By using scientific glass and slowly cooling each piece in a kiln she ensures each piece is as durable as it is beautiful.
Candice Ring Studio Pottery
Candice Ring is a studio potter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has always gravitated toward making utilitarian objects because of their familiarity and tactility. Her interest in the vessel early on in her formal training, continues to propel her to create pieces in an attempt to connect with others both visually and through use. She is inspired by her sense of nostalgia for home, coupled with an interest in history and decoration and uses them as building blocks for her creative process. She has made work, exhibited, and taught throughout North America, and in Australia and China. She has a BFA in Ceramics from The University of Manitoba and an MFA in Studio Art from Arizona State University.
Taanshi, Candace dishinihkashon. My spirit name is Leads With Light. I am a Métis artist, student, doula, sundancer, cedar bath practitioner, community worker, and facilitator from Winnipeg. Beading and creating jewellery is a way for me to process the things I do, hear, see, and feel in my daily life. I mainly make jewellery that combines traditional techniques and materials with contemporary design, and materials. I am inspired by the work I do in the community and at school, songs, movies, my relationships, dreams, and ceremonies.
Cathie Ugrin Fabric Artist
Cathie Ugrin is a Manitoba based fabric artist whose work is characterized by a rich and inventive use of colour, and unique approach to both representational and geometrical design. Studying with a diverse collection of artists, she continually expands her artistic technique and approach. Her pieces have reached a broad audience and have found homes across Canada and the world. Cathie’s work has been accepted into numerous international exhibits and National Juried Shows. She is one of the founding members as well as the Events/Exhibit Coordinator of the Textile and Fibre Artists of Manitoba.
Charmed offers a modern twist on traditional men and women fashionable wearables. All products are built of natural materials, with a strict attention to details making each one as unique as the grain from the wood used. Charlie’s collections are eco-friendly, made in small batches and delicately put together while incorporating their rich Indigenous and Filipino traditions and techniques. Elevate your style with a piece of nature that is as unique as you are!
Charlotte Sigurdson Art
Charlotte Sigurdson is a sculpture and doll artist from Winnipeg. A life-long doll lover, Charlotte began her art career making bespoke toy dolls and over time her work evolved from toys to fine art sculpture. Her work draws on baroque imagery and has a subtle element of the grotesque. Conceptually, Charlotte’s work focuses on the human condition and how our humanity connects us through time and space. History is of particular importance in her work. Many of her pieces are inspired by specific historical events or the history of ideas.
Cheryl is Indigenous, born in Yellowknife, NT, and transitioned from academic (BED/Masters) and government (Senior Policy Analyst) pursuits to creating Indigenous-inspired clothing, jewellery, and art using sealskin, bison, moose hide and beads. Fashion is about inspired expression and Cheryl is constantly envisioning how to create beauty from the natural world, which is a divine trust to be used sustainably for the betterment of the world. What results is a holistic representation of her perspective.
CJ Tennant Jewellery
CJ Tennant creates modern gemstone jewellery. Balancing edgy and elegant, embracing colour and texture, these stunning, quality pieces fulfill CJ’s goal of making every customer feel their best self and have a darn good time in the process! Her design philosophy is always to focus on the real-life needs and bodies of women, creating pieces that excite and flatter. The collections mix and layer so every woman can build a timeless style wardrobe all her own, all while adding the power of gemstones to her days.
Claire Johnston (she/they) is a Michif beadworker. Claire’s practice is inspired by the many Métis grandmothers that came before them and their father Roy Johnston, who has supported their creative endeavours since childhood. They are grateful to have renowned Métis beadwork artist Jennine Krauchi as their teacher. Claire enjoys building relationships with the materials and the life from which they come, including smoked deer, moose hide, porcupine quills, and caribou antler. Claire is a member of the Two-Spirit Michif Local and organizes with Michif collective called Red River Echoes.
Matt Jenkins and Karen Rudolph are dedicated to designing and forging highly crafted work. For 45 years they have honed their skills and learned traditional blacksmith techniques while studying with master smiths around the world. Matt has placed twice at the World Forging Championship in Stia, Italy and in 2016 he completed a yearlong project where he designed and forged a different style hook every day. Between hammering on custom projects in their shop located in just north of Winnipeg, Manitoba; they lead workshops and demonstrate the ancient craft of blacksmithing across North America.
Crystal Nykoluk Earthshaper
Crystal is a shaper of earth transforming raw mud into hybrid forms of sculpture and pottery. She uses colourful dripping glazes applied over bark-like texture to show what she sees through her city-living lens; human altered landscapes littered with small flashes of nature. It interests her to see spaces where both of these worlds coexist and magnify each other’s beauty. Crystal creates her work in her home studio in Winnipeg and also works as a Studio Technician at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Cypress Ceramic Studios
Kevin Conlin runs Cypress Ceramic Studios and works for the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. His work has been shown and collected nationally and internationally in both private and public established collections. Loving clay even as a child, he took his first real ceramic class at Northern Arizona University and completed his BFA at the University of Regina. He went on to teach and work for the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Red Deer College, and developed the ceramic program at Brandon University.
Daria Tittenberger is a jewellery artist living and working in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Working predominately with off-loom beadweaving techniques, she uses a single needle and thread to sew glass beads together into three-dimensional wearable art. Informed by traditional fabric arts and inspired by contemporary forms of expression, she uses the repetition and layering of simple geometric shapes to create beadwoven jewellery with complex textures, patterns and shapes.
Lisa and Sean Reico are Winnipeg based artists inspired by their love for, and interest in minimalist design and modern architecture. Together, their mission is to innovate, through their use of unique elements, and to support the community at large by using eco-friendly materials such as 40% recycled resins which incorporate organic materials and hand-woven weaves developed by skilled artisans in diverse regions around the world. Their respective decade long interest and passion for architecture and design inspired them to start dconstruct jewelry.
Debra is a book artist whose distinct materials are sourced from the places most meaningful to her; their personal significance finds its place as they become functional books made to hold and preserve individual experience. Nearly fifteen years training in the precise art of bookbinding allows for Debra to strike an elegant balance between fine technique and innovative play. Her work ranges from classic leather journals to sculptural artworks featuring self-preserved fish leather and ocean sourced driftwood.
Delta Debz Designs
Debbie Dillon (Delta Debz Designs) is an Inuvialuit artist originally from Inuvik, NT. She enjoys designing and making beaded earrings and dream catchers as it inspires her to be more creative, teaches her patience and it is gratifying to see others wearing her creations. Most of her inspiration comes from her Inuvialuit culture, many of her designs contain an ulu, Inukshuk or colours of the northern lights. Debbie’s interest in learning how to use more mediums has led to participating in many workshops such as making traditional snowshoes, making moccasins with beaded fronts, traditional drum making, Métis sash making, acrylic painting and stained glass.
Earth and Hide
Earth and Hide is a lifestyle brand that focuses on high quality leather goods with a timeless rugged quality. Each Earth and Hide product is connected with its owner through the things it carries and the way it’s used. Every customer has a unique story and their product will become an integral part of that story, especially through consistent use. Earth and Hide loves the process of making products, the smell, the feel, and when their customers GUSH about their leather goods!
Elizabeth Gordon is a self-taught mixed media artist from Iqaluit, NU who is based out of Bowmanville, ON. Starting her artistic practice in her youth Gordon was beadwork and how to sew sealskin by family members and now works in sculpting, painting, jewellery, doll making and gourd art as well. She attends multiple arts festivals throughout the year including the Great Northern Art Festival, Inuvik, NT and the Nunavut Arts Festival, Iqaluit, NU. Gordon has appeared in publications covering her work and family including Nunatsiaq News and Inuit Art Quarterly.
Erin Konsmo (they/them/she/her) is a Prairie queer of Métis and settler Canadian descent. They grew up in central Alberta and are a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Erin’s arts practice currently focuses on fish scale art; a discipline that they were mentored into by Métis artist Jaime Morse. Using macro photography and digital art, Erin seeks to magnify the gifts from the fish by taking small-in-scale gifts and digitally scaling them up in size.
Candace Lipischak is a multidisciplinary Franco-Métis-Polish artist from Manitoba. Owner and jewellery designer for her company Fat Daug (Father-Daughter), Candace was taught by her mentor and father, Larry. Inspired by their heritage and love of nature, their pendants and earrings are hand-carved out of various antler and unique mediums such as umingmak and baleen. Each piece is original and organic, meant to not only add pizazz to your wardrobe, but keep you grounded.
Golden Willow Co.
Leanne Niziol is a Dene artist from Pehdzeh Ki (Wrigley). She is Dehcho Dene and Shúhtagot’ine. Her beading is inspired by her late Ama-Caroline Moses. Leanne’s creations are deeply rooted in her Dene culture with unique contemporary features. She uses traditional Dene mediums to create wearable art including home-tanned hide, caribou hair, antler and porcupine quills. All materials are ethically and traditionally harvested. Leanne takes great pride in her craft as it has been passed down generations.
Haley Alakan White
Haley Alakan White is a Nunavut based mixed media artist that was raised in her home town of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. As an Inuk artist, Alakan primarily uses items from the land such as antler and furs. Using her sewing skills that she learned from her family, she began seriously sewing in 2019. Picking up skills from local elders in the community, Alakan started to dabble in other mediums such as beading, tufting, print-making and carving. As she began honing her skills, Alakan began to teach the youth in her community, passing along her skills and knowledge.
Happyland Print Shop
Happyland Print Shop Inc. is a creative project by graphic designer and illustrator Kristin McPherson. Using print as her medium, Kristin creates original design and illustration themed around life in the centre of Canada. Launched by accident in 2012, the first set of Happyland prints were created as a social prize! Her collection of work has since grown to include art, wearable items, housewares and more, inspired by all of the odd and interesting things that make Winnipeg unique.
Helen Gair Millinery
Helen Gair creates fine hats & headpieces. Hand sewn couture pieces blending traditional techniques and modern sensibilities. With a background in historic costume, Helen blocked her first hat twenty years ago. After deciding to pursue millinery as an art form, she has repeatedly travelled to England to study under a variety of millinery masters. A carefully curated selection of the finest materials from their characteristic countries permits Helen to handcraft precision trims, supplemented by meticulously sourced genuine vintage, never-sold deadstock.
Miriam Delos Santos is the designer behind Hello Darling Co., a small business specializing in sustainable, inclusive women’s accessories and fashion. Miriam is passionately involved with local student internships, empowering women of colour in business, and teaches at the local fashion college. Her studio is located at the Shop Take Care Exchange location. Hello Darling has been seen in fashion articles for Vanity Fair, Refinery 29, The Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press and the Vancouver Sun.
Herman De Vries
For Herman, wood turning is a labour of love which began when he needed a desk and could not afford to buy one. He built his own. At first, he never considered this an art but, as time went on, the wood began to “speak” to him and soon every piece of firewood became a fresh opportunity. Taking wood from a dying tree on his parent’s 1920’s homestead and turning it into a piece of art preserved something that represented his mother and father. He was able to leave a legacy and a piece of art that people would enjoy.
Ande Brown (they/he), a mixed media artist, creates i-co globes. Ande enjoys incorporating both traditional craftsmanship and new technologies. Ande’s work combines a background in geospatial technology with a passion for maps, solo motorcycle travel, adventure and human connection. The i-co name reflects the shape, an icosahedron, the 20 faces on the globe, and also a love of interpersonal connection through intercontinental travel.
Johanna Brierley Jewellery Design
Founded in 2007, Johanna Brierley Jewellery Design has become known for the Lucky Stone Collection inspired by hole stones found on the shores of Lake Winnipeg in Gimli, Manitoba. JBJD recently launched a colourful collection called 4 Corners in response to the pandemic. The four colour-blocked sections of gemstones represent the four points of a compass reminding us that our directions in life, though unexpected, do continue. This year, JBJD is celebrating 15 years in business and is thrilled to celebrate with everyone at CRAFTED 2022.
Jonasie was born in Qaqortoq (The Snow White Town) on October 1, 1944 and his formative years were spent immersed in Inuit culture in the small Inuit hamlets of Alluisup Paa and Narsaq. There, Jonasie was introduced to the history and art of the Greenlandic Vikings. Jonasie brought his unique Greenlandic Inuit and Viking artistic creations with him when he immigrated to Canada in 1974. He is a renowned carver, sailor, and navigator. Jonasie is known in particular for his carvings of the Greenlandic Inuit Sea Goddess Imap Ukua swimming with her hair as waves around the Umiaq skin boat.
Julianna is an artist from the prairies of southern Manitoba. She works primarily in clay, but also extends her practice to include a variety of other materials. Her current body of work investigates our relationship to food. She received her first Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Manitoba and her BFA (studio) from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In June 2021 Julianna defended her thesis and graduated with a Master of Fine Art from the University of Manitoba.
Working with fused glass allows June Derksen the opportunity to work in a medium that gives her a sense of freedom, take risks, and push her creative soul. She draws inspiration for her work from personal experiences and places visited. June works with handmade sheet glass, frit (crushed glass in various granular sizes), and vitro-graph (molten glass pulled to create glass string). Layer upon layer is built up like a collage and fused together in a kiln. The reveal is always exciting and unpredictable.
Suzanne Boucher-Hanna was born in Deninu K’ue First Nation – her family is originally from Rocher River. Adopted by her maternal grandparents, Suzanne was raised in a traditional way of life on the land, including how to hunt, trap, harvest and sew. She gets her inspiration for sewing from her grandmother (mother) using traditional materials with a modern flare. Suzanne has passed down her traditional sewing skills to her daughter Skye who also sews for K’estuwé Pieces.
Karen Kerr is an artist who works from her studio in Winnipeg, MB. She designs and crafts bowls, baskets and purses using natural unbleached cotton rope of varying widths. Each contemporary design is meticulously machine sewn with some incorporating accents of leather, wood, cork and fabric. Karen’s unique rope creations are works of art providing beauty, quality and functionality to any decor.
Kami is a self-taught multidisciplinary fibre artist who creates plush characters and soft sculptures for humans to enjoy. Forest walks and the garden, moods, textures and animals real or imagined inspire her creative process. Her work has been exhibited internationally in the US, Canada and Germany, as well as published in magazines focusing on the creators of plush toys.
Karen Schmidt Humiski
Karen is an eclectic artist influenced by modern and medieval architecture, and the beauty of the skies, lakes and trees found in the Manitoba landscape. She embraces the challenge of designing 3D small sculptures as personal adornment. Her fusion of form and function in sterling silver, with attention to texture and detail, enables wearers to best express their own individuality. Having taught a Jewellery and Metalsmithing Program for many years, she has benefitted from her experience in the studio and the many workshops she has attended throughout her expanding career.
Kataisee Attagutsiak loves to paint and her favourite subjects are Taliilajuq (also known as Sedna), women wearing beautiful traditional amautis (baby carriers), and traditional women’s clothing. She has twice won the Northwestel telephone book art cover contest, first in 2015 and second in 2021. Kataisee enjoys block printing and making beautiful modern clothing using traditional methods for women’s shirts and girls’ parkas. Inspired by her mother’s way of sewing, Kataisee uses colours that identify the families which they belong to. Beading is also included in her garments, she loves to showcase how a little bead can create so much beauty.
Katharina Nuss has a B.F.A. Honours from the University of Manitoba and had worked as a Graphic Designer until becoming a parent to three energetic children. Doing most of her creative work on the computer never felt quite right, as she is drawn to more immediate creative processes such as printmaking and textile arts. Homegrown and foraged plant materials, as well as reclaimed and recycled items feature prominently in her work, and she loves the back and forth of a creative process in which next steps are informed by the unique characteristics of plant materials, and the place and season they were harvested.
Kelli Rey Studio
Kelli Rey is an artist who works from her studio in Winnipeg. She is sparked by early to mid-20th century design, defamiliarization, experiments and colour. Artfully designing ceramics and incorporating aspects that may surprise, puzzle or entertain is what she likes to do. She has received numerous grants and awards which have enabled her to continuously learn and bring new ideas to fruition. Kelli has a BFA in Ceramics, a BEd from the University of Manitoba and a diploma in Graphic Design from Red River College.
Kim is from Paulatuk and moved to Inuvik in 2017, where she still resides. She has been making artwork since 2000. She learned how to sew and make traditional items when she was a child, having been taught by multiple Elders from Paulatuk and other northern communities. Kim sells her artwork locally one-on-one, or at the Arctic Market in Inuvik. She also likes to share pictures of her artwork on Facebook to reach a wider audience.
Lavinia van Heuvelen
Emerging jeweller Lavinia van Heuvelen moved to Iqaluit after high school where she attended Nunavut Arctic College to pursue Jewellery and Metalwork. Shortly after she began Lavinia van Heuvelen’s Jewellery and became a full time jeweller. Van Heuvelen works primarily with sterling silver and natural materials, which are gifted and purchased from local hunters with much of her jewellery directly references traditional Inuit themes and imagery. Van Heuvelen has travelled around Canada and to London, England exhibiting and selling her pieces. Her work can be purchased at galleries across the country including the Vancouver Inuit Art Gallery, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and L.A. Pai, Ottawa, ON.
Lennard Taylor Design Studio Inc
From street markets to pop-up stores – the Lennard Taylor Brand has really grown over the years. After years of momentum his hard work birthed his flagship boutique where the designer continues to grow his label. He now travels across North America showing his one of a kind designs and artwork. Lennard continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible while getting international recognition for his outstanding design, exquisite paintings and inspirational words. Lennard Taylor is truly a modern day renaissance man who works hard to live up to his life’s purpose – smile and feel good.
Lii Belwe Design
Kiera Kowalski is a Michif (Red River Métis) beadwork artist based in Winnipeg, MB. She has been beading for just over a year and enjoys working with various mediums including vintage beads and caribou hair. “Lii Belwe” Beads is named after the abundant blueberries that grow near her family’s property in Lac Du Bonnet, which forever remind her of her grandfather. When she’s not beading or spending time at her family cabin, Kiera can be found at the Kishaadigeh Collaborative Research Centre working as a health research coordinator.
Loretta Wiley (Do It In The Sahtu) is originally from Tulita and now lives, works and creates in Norman Wells. As a Gwich’in and Dene freelance artist, Loretta creates different types of artwork using beads, furs, hides, birch bark and fish scales. She loves to challenge herself to try new art forms and techniques whenever inspiration strikes. She is also passionate about listening to other people and always feels inspired by their stories.
Born and raised near Kenora in Northwestern Ontario, Sheila Cailleau is the founder and owner of Magpie Chiq in Winnipeg. Inspired by nature and her Métis roots, Sheila works with leather and fur to create beautiful, luxurious and functional items: boots, mitts, shoes and bags. Each handcrafted, hand sewn item captures the authenticity of our northern land as we live it today, in a coffee shop, at a hockey rink, a summer festival, on a frozen lake, wherever your spirit takes you. Thank you for celebrating her designs.
Mercedes grew up surrounded by art, music and culture in the magnetic city of Buenos Aires. She obtained degrees both in Fashion Design and Textile Design from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of Universidad de Buenos Aires. Her multifaceted background includes textile print & graphic design, textile homewares design, trend hunting, and fashion. Currently she is the creative mind and designer of her own brand, Maison Corazon. She creates handmade capsule collections with a strong narrative, encouraging wearers to express themselves through the art of dressing.
Margaret Jane Design
Christie Peters is a self-taught fibre artist who has been wet-felting wool for the past 15 years. Margaret Jane design is named for her mother and grandmother, the original makers in her life. She is endlessly fascinated with the many ways that wool can be transformed and is always dreaming up new designs. She takes inspiration from all of the colours and shapes and shadows in the natural world and from the people who wear her pieces.
Mathew Nuqingaq is an Iqaluit-based artist who works primarily in jewellery design. Nuqingaq’s talent for working with metal and his desire to represent Inuit culture and traditions through his work result in unique, wearable pieces of art. His designs include Inuit tools, Arctic animals and draw on popular figures from Inuit stories. Nuqingaq is a co-founder of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association and served as the President of the Inuit Art Foundation. He was elected as a Member of the Order of Canada on November 18, 2016. Nuqingaq currently owns and works out of Aayuraa Studio in Iqaluit.
Mawdsley Fibre Arts
Helen is a fibre artist and woodturner with Hungarian and Norwegian ancestry. Sawdust is her glitter and some of her products include wood bowls and spindles make from maple, cherry, and walnut. She enjoys being curious and exploring history, traditions, and new forms of craft. Her work has appeared in Spin Off magazine and Piecework magazine by Long Thread Media, Digits & Threads, Laine Publishing Oy in Finland, and at the Manitoba Centre for Craft.
May-Lain Siusangnark is a married mother of three who lives in Naujaat, Nunavut. She started learning sewing at the age of 12 and her first project was a pair of mitts using old clothing. May-Lain has studied and instructed sewing classes. She has always liked fashionable clothing and despite the odds has persevered and now can makes clothes for other people. May-Lain sites her mother as a role model and is proud to say that some community members admire her work. Her desire is to teach other people so that they can engage in sewing projects and have a better future.
Everything that goes into David’s pottery is dug by hand in Manitoba. The different clays and sands are each carefully researched and harvested, all processing done by hand. The glazes on his work come from wood ash and different rocks that he crushes. For the final step David fires the pots in his wood burning kiln with trees that are sustainably harvested from his own wood lot. David takes pride and care in harvesting everything that goes into these pots to make truly local and sustainable functional pottery.
Meg Does Pottery
Meg creates dynamic original works in her home studio in Winnipeg. Her F/W 22 collection includes wabi sabi forms, mixed colourful clay, wheel thrown vessels and hand sculpted objects of interest. Meg is a former student of the WAG clay studio and works part time as a professional commercial artist – her works are sold across the country and have been published in the Globe and Mail, British Vogue and Elle Quebec to name a few.
Melanie is the mother of 2 girls and works full time with Health Care. Although she has a busy life, with work and family, she takes time each day of the week to sew. Initially taught the basics of sewing from her mom, Melanie now has over 10 years of experience in sewing. Through years of experience, she is capable and happy to sew all sizes in various styles for men, women, and children. Melanie takes pride in her skills and techniques, and it is something that she is constantly learning and gaining knowledge in.
Metalissima Glass Studio
Patricia’s love for colour and contemporary design are the hallmarks of her glass art. Her unique fused glassware embodies her use of bold colour and patterns. Patricia has a degree in Fine Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. She worked in marketing most of her professional career but has returned to her artistic roots to satisfy her need to add colour to her surroundings.
Eric Au is a multi-disciplinary industrial designer and maker. He’s been cutting his fingers crafting things since he could barely hold a saw. He works closely with new manufacturing technologies and melds them with modern materials to produce unique interpretations of common objects. Inspired by strong graphic design, bold contrast and functional aesthetics, he strives to produce work that can enhance everyday life. The result is a hand finished, high quality, pragmatic product that seeks out a lifetime of weathering.
Michael Astill Pottery
Michael Astill has been living and creating in Manitoba for nearly 25 years. The past 18 years he has made Ile des Chenes his home. Most of the work he makes is fired in a kiln he built in 2006. A creator of functional ceramics, Michael places the importance of use as highly as the aesthetic of the work. He has spent his career utilizing the atmosphere in woodfired kilns to create work with a subtle beauty that encourages handling and contemplation.
I am a self-taught fabric natural dyer whose inspirations are rooted in Japanese traditional practices. I went to art school in Japan and immigrated to Canada almost 15 years ago. I have four children and as they get older, it has allowed my creativity to grow. ZUDABUKURO is a traditional Japanese bag that was originally used by Buddhist monks and now are commonly used in Japan by many different people. I dye my ZUDABUKURO with natural ingredients, like the waste part of vegetables, fruit skins, and pits and flowers that I gather and grow myself. I feel like I’m introducing my culture to Canada which makes me very happy.
Mouse River Pottery
Angela Graham is a ceramic artist living in rural Manitoba. She is fascinated by the idea of highly decorated tools, and the inherent personality in hand built ceramics. The pieces are an exploration in joy. The decoration is based on the plants and flowers that thrive on the prairies, and takes inspiration from the exuberance of nature and a wild Manitoba garden. This work is meant to be part of a celebration of daily activities; an honouring of the labour involved in daily life.
Samantha and Kristina from Neyats’e Beads are sisters who create one-of-a-kind, hand-woven, beaded jewelry. They use various materials in their craft like shells, animal hair, and hides. Samantha and Kristina are Carrier from Stellat’en First Nation but grew up and live in Winnipeg. They make every effort to use as many natural materials as possible in their work, to honour their ancestors and the powerful connection that Indigenous people have with the land.
I am Blanche Chief, the artist behind Nimis Design, Nimis meaning “big sister” in Cree. I’m a self-taught artist who enjoys sharing my work and passing on my traditional culture. I design jewellery made with beads, tanned moose and deer hide, antler bone, birchbark, porcupine quills, caribou hair and sweetgrass. As a First Nations woman, I have faced many challenges. It is through my Indigenous culture and creative process that I have found the strength to stand proud, find healing, and connect to my people.
Oak Hammock Pottery
Alan has had a passion for wood-fired pottery for more than 40 years. He makes most of his work on an old foot-powered potter’s wheel and makes his glazes using various crushed rock and wood ashes. He mixes most of his own custom clays. Using natural materials and processes helps him reflect upon how amazing our world really is. Alan has worked and exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally. Within a career spanning almost fifty years, Alan has exhibited, worked and represented Canada in the U.S.A., Australia, China, South Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, and Croatia.
Catherine Blondin is from Liidli Kue (Fort Simpson), NT. She is Shutagotine (Mountain Dene). The name of her business comes from her Dene name, Onte, which means “she is”. It was gifted to her by her father and was her great grandmother’s name. Catherine learned to sew from elders and sewing groups around the north. She uses traditional methods of harvesting materials, and the hides she uses are from hunters within her community, family, or region. The rest is purchased from northern or Indigenous owned shops. Catherine’s artwork reflects her culture and the beautiful land of Denendeh.
Paul Malliki was born in an outpost camp near the community of Igloolik, Nunavut, and began carving at the age of five. A self-taught artist, he learned to carve by watching others and by studying animals while out hunting. Today the influential sculptor lives in Naujaat, where he carves both animals and human figures. His spirited animals are dramatically posed and finely finished. When he is not carving, Paul enjoys working with his dog team, hunting, and building.
Pottery by Kathryne Koop
Growing up in a very creative household, Kathryne Koop loved to make things. When introduced to clay through a community pottery class she knew this was her medium. After receiving her BFA from the University of Manitoba she began working as a full-time functional potter, launching a life long career which now spans more than 40 years. Working with porcelain clay, Koop investigates new approaches to familiar objects that balance aesthetics with both form and function. She creates unique pieces that are gestural, elegant, and a pleasure to display when not in use.
Toludare Toluwalope (PhD) is a professional ceramist from Nigeria who has been teaching and practicing ceramics since 2011. His curiosity for ceramics is more into solving mysteries, which is evident in his scientific research publications. He has a passion for pottery and has mastered advanced throwing skills with interest in making large forms on the potter’s wheel. He generates harmony for thrown wares with dexterity showing African/Asian master class. He’s learnt ceramics in the crudest way with a wealth of experience in working things around to get any desired result in ceramics.
Rachael Kroeker Ceramics
Rachael Kroeker is a full time ceramic artist based in Winnipeg where she has been creating functional tableware for the past 12 years. She specializes in a technique called slip casting, where coloured clay is poured into plaster molds creating unique, one of a kind pieces. Along with her signature style of marbled pottery, Rachael also explores bold colour and pattern combinations in her new lines of work. With a modern, contemporary feel and exquisite craftsmanship, her pieces are designed to beautify life, and enrich daily routines.
Red Earth Ceramic Jewelry
Beth Ann gently presses traditional plant medicines and various beading in clay. After the clay is dried, it is low kiln fired, sanded, hand painted and fired again. With each firing the clay gains integrity and becomes stronger. The impressions left on the clay reflect the memory of our healing medicines, while the clay demonstrates its ability to become more resilient after withstanding harsh conditions. Beth-Ann McIvor (she/her) is Métis/Hungarian/Irish from Treaty 1, Winnipeg, Manitoba and making jewelry is truly a labor of love and ceremony for her.
Ashley Okrainec is a Métis artist from Liidlii Kue (Fort Simpson). She identifies as Teetl’it Gwich’in, Polish, Ukrainian, English, and Irish. Her parents met in Liidlii Kue and that is where she was born and raised. Ashley has been learning traditional arts all her life from her mother and other talented artists in the Dehcho region of the NT. The art she produces represents those connections as well as her connection to the land, animals, people, and her culture.
Rory Voudrach (RKV Blades) was born and raised in Tuktoyaktuk, NT and now lives in Inuvik, NT. He has a great appreciation and respect for traditional style ulu knives and the traditional materials used to make them. His elders and ancestors made ulu knives with materials available to them including repurposed saw blade steel, which is what he prefers to use. When creating an ulu, Rory can’t help but imagine the appreciation and pride Inuit men of the past felt as they created a tool that would help themselves and their families prepare food and skins for survival. Every ulu he creates is dedicated to his mother and his elders, both past and present.
Rosemarie Péloquin sculpts wool. Her portraits and vignettes are expressions of moments in time that we can connect with in our shared humanity. Her work emerges from a background in design and teaching, a career in Parks Canada, and her rural francophone roots. Her work has been featured in magazines, books, online, exhibitions, and radio all across Canada. This May, she presented two life size busts of HRH the Prince of Wales and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Charles during the Royal Tour of Canada.
I started quilting while recovering from breast cancer treatment. Quilting focused my mind and hands and inspired me. Slowly, I began to share my work with the community and did my first market where I was recognized and which moved me to the national stage. I have been featured in House & Home Magazine as one of the “Canadian Quilters to Watch” October 2021 issue. This past summer I was a contributing artist in the Collections Agency Exhibit by the MCML.
Salvaged Earth Designs
Salvaged Earth Designs is a small, eco-friendly business that has been creating fine-crafted artisan wares out of wood and other natural materials since 1994. Today, Salvaged Earth Designs makes unique wooden kitchen utensils from salvaged and upcycled materials. The woods are collected from all sorts of interesting sources: off-cuts and discards from furniture makers, musical instrument makers, hardwood flooring companies; discarded hardwood pallets; arborist tree prunings and tree removals, or things found at thrift stores or on the forest floor. Salvaged Earth Designs takes things that others discard and turns them into something beautiful!
SARAH SUE DESIGN
Modern sustainable clothing made with natural and sustainable exquisite fabric. Bamboo, silk, hemp, cotton, linen and eco-friendly textiles are used in creating minimalistic and contemporary silhouettes that are timeless. Sarah creates items that are wearable pieces of art. She creates small batch collections that focus on slow fashion and includes in the collection zero-waste items, hand-dyed pieces and one-of-a-kind pieces. She creates boxy cardigans, flowy tunics and tops that focus on being inclusive in sizing to look fabulous on all women. Sizes XS – 5X. All made in Winnipeg!
Shiny Raven Club
My name is Hailey Urilyon, I am a mixed Cree artist from the Northwest-Territories, currently based in Winnipeg, MB, in Treaty 1 Territory. I am a member of Norway House Cree Nation through my mom’s side. I love beading from pop culture and nature. I hope to create beadwork that people will find just as much joy wearing, as I do making them.
I live, design, and produce clothing on Treaty 1 Territory in Winnipeg, MB. I work with simple silhouettes that just feel darn good to wear, that also look fun and striking, confident and strong. Every garment is carefully made in small batches or made-to-measure with the nicest linens, organic cotton, and sustainably sourced natural textiles. Transparency and quality are top priority with every piece produced, while striving to minimize its impact on the planet.
Michelle Maynard is a Manitoba resident who uses textiles as a medium to create artful, well-crafted fashion that is intended to last for generations. Her studio is located on Treaty no.1 territory where she designs and produces each garment by hand. Her focus is on producing thoughtful, made to order garments using natural fibres as well as vintage and deadstock textiles. Inspired by the environment and nature, zero waste methods and sustainable sourcing / production are at the forefront of each collection.
Sol Desharnais is known for his innovation by bringing new meaning to raw, natural and or upcycled materials. From his hometown of St. Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba, Sol creates unique and useful products by the clever improbable association of materials. His current collections include wooden sided handbags in both vinyl flooring and recycled rubber, as well as a colourful collection of accessories in eco-felt (wood and corn based). He is honoured to also partner with Smile – Epic of St. Malo, creating employment for adults living with different abilities.
Stitched by April
April Allen is an eager, passionate, and enthusiastic Inuk artist with years of creative experience. A retired dental therapist, April is now spending most days creating beadwork and promoting the self-made business, “Stitched By April”. She has created unique beaded earrings using natural sealskin and silver fox fur. April’s passion as an Indigenous artist comes from the satisfaction of seeing the finished product and the feeling of pride that rushes through her.
The Strange Geranium
Ann is a jewelry maker, metalsmith, and graphic designer working and living in the geographic heart of North America: Winnipeg! Using traditional metalsmithing techniques including wax casting, hand forging, and construction she crafts jewellery from sterling silver, brass, crystals, and mixed media including vintage ceramics and ocular prosthesis. Her inspiration comes from the natural world that is beautiful but also that which is strange and embraces both simultaneously – the light and the dark. She aspires to create unique pieces which will radiate the energy and power that comes from this special duality.
Studio OCTAV is home to the embracive collection of textile art by artist, Graham Epp. Specializing in basketry and silk screen graphic design, Graham has made a profession in the arts since 2003. The baskets and vessels of studio OCTAV are designed and sewn by Graham using 100% Canadian sourced materials and home-made, plant-based dyes. Every vessel is one-of-a-kind and sewn into a functional sculpture for everyday living.
Studio Silver Bliss
Delia Cepoi (Studio Silver Bliss) grew up in Sibiu (Hermannstadt) Romania and felt close to the artistic world since a very early age. She holds a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning and her career spans over three decades and two continents. Parallel with the professional world, Delia was always in a continuous quest exploring anything and everything that involves design. She has created and sold over 2,500 pieces of jewelry around the globe. She draws her inspiration from all textures, colours and materials and loves to create daring, statement jewelry. Her contemporary style is made for the confident, unconventional woman who wants to be noticed by making a sensational impact in today’s society.
Taalrumiq, an Inuvialuk & Gwich’in artist, fashion designer, content creator and cultural educator, shares Inuvialuit culture with the world through fine art, Inuvialuit couture garments, accessories and compelling educational digital content. She inspires others to celebrate Indigenous identity and encourages healing of intergenerational trauma. In the tradition of her long matrilineal line of expert Inuit seamstresses and Gwich’in Jijuus, Taalrumiq creates with the same talent, passion, skills and traditional materials as her ancestors with a contemporary vision.
Teegan Walker Ceramics
Teegan Walker is a Manitoba artist with a strong passion for handmade tableware, ceramics and design. He focuses on creating functional work that shows appreciation for tradition, but stretches to contemporary ideas regarding form and function. He draws influences from architecture, music, and landscape while maintaining a style that reflects a use of line, symmetry and minimalism. He has studied ceramics with Lin Xu at Brandon University. He is a proud recipient of the Marilyn Levitt Award for Functional Ceramics in 2018.
Originally from a small town in Manitoba, Terry graduated with an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Minnesota and received a BFA Honours degree from the University of Manitoba. From 2009 – 2011 he worked as studio technician in the ceramics department at the University of Manitoba. He taught at Medicine Hat College and has participated in multiple residencies at Medalta and the Banff Center while exhibiting nationally and internationally. Terry and his partner Miriam Rudolph are full time artists based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Tinta by Masagana
Lourdes Still is the founder of Masagana Flower Farm & Studio, a seasonal flower farm and dye studio in southeast Manitoba. She produces seasonal blooms and dye plants to make handmade, small-batch, naturally dyed textile goods. She started as a self-taught flower farmer and natural dyer, but has since trained on small-scale, high-intensity cut flower production through Floret Farm and Maiwa’s School of Textiles. She created Tinta, a three-hour dye-your-own wearable art experience where people can engage with plants and flowers and create with them through botanical eco-printing and indigo dyeing.
Weldon Neufeld has been crafting home décor, furniture, and custom pieces since 1977. He started Treevival as a way to combine his love of design with a desire to salvage materials that would’ve otherwise been burned or thrown away, turning them into works that are functional, beautiful, and made to be cherished.
Tricia Wasney Jewellery
Tricia Wasney’s jewellery is made mainly from recycled sterling silver. She experiments with mixing metals, incorporating wool and other materials, and uses fire and oxidation processes to create colour and texture. History, memory, scientific inquiry, geology and the landscape are constant inspirations in her work, much of which is intentionally warped and distressed. Tricia’s artwork has been shown in exhibitions at C2 Centre for Craft, the Buhler Gallery, Alberta Craft Council, School of Art Gallery at the University of Manitoba and at Milan Jewellery Week in Milan, Italy.
Twin Lakes Stoneworks
Shauna Laurin, founder of Twin Lakes Stoneworks, crafts unique jewelry using a combination of beach stones, copper, and gems. She uses a variety of techniques including soldering, fold forming and patination processes using eco friendly hand made patinas. Her signature pieces include beach stones of all shapes and sizes sourced from Lake Manitoba. Each unique and earthy design is inspired by Manitoba’s flora and fauna and is an affirmation of the artist’s love of nature.
Nathan Bezoplenko and Brendon Friesen are the owner/operators of Wilder Goods and aim to create leather and canvas goods with a clean and modern aesthetic while remaining durable and practical. Nathan and Brendon are both interested and engaged in the ongoing development and refinement of the products they have made and new products waiting to take form. Wilder Goods operates as a brick and mortar retail and manufacturing studio in the historic exchange district in downtown Winnipeg, MB (75 Albert Street) as well as online at wilderwpg.com
Bernard Ferguson has a deep appreciation for nature which is innately functional, beautifully designed and expresses many purposes simultaneously. The appreciation and minimalist ideals have helped to influence and express his work. Empty vessels attract and lure many things and Bernard sometimes incorporates plant life into sculptural pieces. Bernard enjoys the mysteries of the natural world and trying to understand all the connections, patterns and similarities woven into it.
Winnipeg North of Fargo
Roy Liang was born in Gimli, Manitoba and is a child of the 70’s. Roy is inspired by vintage fabrics and reviving images from the past. He prints, cuts and sews fabric into fun household goods and accessories. He has been sewing much of his life and has taken art classes at Martha Street Studio. Roy’s motto is “Making things out of the mundane”, such as road signs, abandoned buildings, and odd pieces of history.
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