Take a Moment with White Otter Design Co

We are absolutely thrilled to have newcomer Jaymie Campbell, of White Otter Design Co, to the December weekend of the fair! An avid outdoorswoman, paddler, traveler, and photographer, Jaymie is an Anishnaabe hailing from Curve Lake First Nation. She is the Associate Director for the Cree nation in Northern Alberta who has been creating art since she was a small child, learning from her mother who was taught by her grandmothers. Read on to find out more about her process below: 

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
WODC: I have been creating art since I was a small child. Art runs in my family, and I feel the most connected to my ancestry and the most grounded when I am sewing.

My work is inspired by my Anishnaabe heritage, but is also influenced heavily by the time I have spent with the Cree people of the Rocky Mountains and the Dene people in the North. I am inspired by my grandmothers, who were quillwork artists, my mother, my father, who is a painter. I also owe a massive thank you to the Cree elders who have taught and continue to teach me the old ways, which inspire much of the work I do. I am inspired by the way art connects you to the land and to your culture.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
WODC:

  • The land
  • The elders and my ancestors, especially my grandmothers 
  • The youth

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
MODC: I have not yet been to one, I cannot wait!! 

Jaymie is also a collective artist for Byellowtail Collective in the US and a Storyboot artist for Manitobah Mukluks!

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