Indigenous beadwork is an ever-evolving art form. And while the younger generation of beaders are now influenced by many sources, there are many traditions and different styles of beadwork that are passed down through individual Nations.
Tiffany Dettieh, a Slavey/Cree/Dene Tà beader, who grew up as a member of the Fort Nelson First Nation band says her grandma is still her biggest influence:
"I started beading when I was five because I loved watching my grandma bead. She would make such beautiful flowers and I wanted to be like her.
I mix old style with contemporary a lot and my grandmas input helped shape me into the beader I am today. Now I bead to pass on part of my culture to my kids and to share part of it."
Her work incorporates nature and flowers, with a strong emphasis on fire colours. She's also a bit of a perfectionist, and will redo her work if she doesn't feel it's up to standard:
"I also use two needles when I bead and if it doesn’t sit right with me, I would take apart my work."
It's probably why she's always pre-selling her designs and doesn't have a problem scheduling work.
To see more of her designs, go to @mz_tiffanydee
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