JShine Designs Shares Cree Culture Through Wearable Art

Jessica Sanderson-Barry, of JShine Designs, is bringing her handmade jewelry work to Bison for the first time! You got it folks: NEW VENDOR ALERT!!! *POOSH* (confetti canon goes off). Jessica has this to say about her work "JShine Designs is an Indigenous owned business by Jessica Sanderosn-Barry who is from Treaty 6 Territory James Smith Cree Nation. She hand makes earrings and necklaces using elements from the land such as hides, shells and porcupine quills." You can keep up with Jessica's progress on instagram (@jshinedesigns) and read on down below to find out more about Jessica's process!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
JESSICA: As a nehiyaw iskwew ~ Cree woman, my culture was always important to me and to have the opportunity to share my culture through my art is something that I have always had a passion for.  Beading is my medicine, when I bead it feels as though it’s a connection to my late grandmothers.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
JESSICA: I have a passion of designing statement pieces using elements from the land, such as hides, dentalium shells and porcupine quills.  This includes feathers earrings made out of deer hide, buffalo hide and one & two-feathered necklaces, hand beaded earrings and traditionally tanned elk small earrings.  

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
JESSICA: This year I will be using traditional brain tanned elk hide and using this hide incorporating my hide into different styles of earrings.  If you have not smelled traditionally tanned elk hide, let me tell you it smells amazing and brings me back to the land.  

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
JESSICA: I admired strong Indigenious artist like my late-Great grandmother Jenny Lightning who was a phenominal beader, designer and she traditional tanned her own hides incorporating these hides into her art.

Head on over to to Jessica's instagram (@jshinedesigns) to see her work! 

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