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 bead floral designs to honor this history.
Why is black velvet so common in Ojibwe Floral?
Indigenous people are adaptive as survival. Our art is no exception. Our elders teach us that when the Jesuits threw away their black cloaks the people found them and began to use these large pieces of fabric as their base. Anishinaabe are now known for our floral on velvet look.
How do you decide what to bead?
In my custom work I often incorporate elements of a persons name, their colors, their clan, family, or other important design elements. I also have certain designs I have an emotional relationship to such as the odemin (strawberry) and the tulip.
How can I order beadwork?
Most of my beadwork is custom made. Orders can be placed through my email. Please be aware that because of the time involved and the volume of orders the wait can be long.
How can I learn to bead or make moccasins?
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.