Before having beads, Anishinaabeg always adorned our lives using quills, dyes, copper, and stone. With the trade of bead, the floral took off. If we look around us what we see if floral. We see leaves, flowers, berries, and medicines. Our elders teach us that during the time when our medicines were demonized and silenced the floral designs were used as a way to keep these teachings alive.
I make floral designs to honor this history.
Can non-Native people buy your work?
Yes. All the work we design and produce is for everyone. There has long been a market for native art and is exploited by non-Native companies. This is a great opportunity to support a Native business creating Native art.
How can I get a custom design made?
For custom art, logos, projects email email@example.com
How can I learn to bead or make moccasins?
It is our focus to create a community of makers. We know you can learn how! We create tools, teach classes, and create space for makers. To book a class email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see my blog for links to my moccasin and beading tutorials. These will walk you through the steps of picking supplies, design, pattern, beading, and sewing Ojibwe pucker toe moccasins. These tutorials can be found on YouTube in four steps. You can also utilize our Nookomis Obagijigan (Grandmother's Gift) pattern book available here in our online store.