Only Child Handicrafts

As a beadweaver for more than 25 years, I've come to think of this ancient craft as an outlet for my many visual inspirations.

Growing up on the Great Lakes, I was first introduced to beadwork by the Ojibwe People of that area, with whom I proudly share my heritage. I was struck by the creativity and obvious time investment in each piece of carefully woven beadwork, and with the way each shape or colour might communicate something about the culture within which it was created. This beautiful melding of history and craftsmanship sparked something in me as a young child, and beadweaving has remained my beloved creative outlet to this day.

From traditional Baltic, Slavic, Scandinavian, Asian and Arabic motifs, to the customary patterns of the many Indigenous Peoples of North America, I revel in the shapes and colours with which we've decorated our lives, century after century.

In many cultures and families from Nunavut to Nigeria, beadwoven pieces are made with immense love, and are worn, mended, and cared for with great respect, often passed down through generations. The craft itself is also passed down mother to son, father to daughter, and grows and survives with each new beadweaver. I'm proud to carry on this tradition.