A member of the Teetł'it Gwich'in First Nation, Elaine Alexie was born in the Northwest Territories of Northern Canada and raised in her home community of Fort McPherson. She loves to bead, sew and to continually learn of Gwich’in cultural material art practices, mostly handed down from her mother Dorothy. Aside from working on her sewing projects and jewelry making, her current work also involves researching Northern Dene artforms in museum collections and building projects to revive Gwich’in material culture practices. Her passions in life is being on the rivers in her ancestral lands of the Peel Watershed in the central Yukon territory and spending time with her large extended Gwich'in family.
Meet Erica Joan Lugt! An Inuvialuit artist from Tuktoyatuk, NT, currently residing in the Beaufort Delta Region in an arctic community known as Inuvik. In admiration of her dearest artistic Aunt Maureen Gruben, she began to pick up the love for art as a young child. Throughout her exploration, her love of creating jewellery was sparked after enrolling in a course with the Great Northern Arts Festival; a local organization and summer festival in Inuvik NT. It was there she learned the brick stitch technique that combs her imagination for colour and design uniquely her own. Follow and admire her intricate designs on Instagram under #shewasafreespirit.