Waabanangokwe, Michelle Defoe
Moccasin apprentice, teacher, and Heart Berry collaborator shares about her experiences as a growing force in the art world
"I started doing beadwork and other traditional arts around 12 years old. I began to dabble in painting and photography in high school. I also started to learn moccasin making, quillwork, blanket making, birch bark basket making, etc. during my young adult years. However these activities remained hobbies that I tried to sneak in between working, going to college and parenting. At some point I decided I wanted to create art for my career. It was a risky choice but well worth the transition. In the beginning I didn’t really know what I was doing."
"Sarah came into my life at this time offering me this opportunity to work on a moccasin pattern book with her as her apprentice. After I said yes to this offer I have just grown tremendously as an artist. This opportunity was pivotal in moving me from doing art as a hobby into doing it as a profession."
-Waabanangokwe, Michelle Defoe, Artist, Teacher, Mama