Indigenous Arts

JShine Designs: Beautiful Indigenous Beadwork Jewelry

With one successful Bison under her belt, Jessica Sanderson-Barry of JShine Designs is back! An Indigenous-owned company, JShine Designs focuses on beaded handmade jewelry and accessories. Jessica combines both traditional and contemporary beading styles into each piece by using elements from the land. Catch her at the Bison from December 7-9, follow her on Instagram (@JShineDesigns) to view more of her work and read on to discover what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
JShine Designs:
 a nêhiyaw-iskwêw ~ 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 or business this season?  
JSD:
I have a passion for designing statement pieces using elements from the land, such as hides, dentalium shells, and porcupine quills. I am now incorporating antique and vintage beads in my work, some are over 100 years old! Those who wear some of my art will be wearing a piece of history.  

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?  
JSD:
I wanted my work to be unique and apart from what other designers were creating. I love using antique and vintage beads in my work because each bead has a story. Beadwork is storytelling and to be able to transcend these stories into my work by using many different elements makes each piece unique.  

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
JSD:
My first Royal Bison market, I immediately felt I was apart of this amazing community by meeting some many great supporters who believe in handmade local art. Kudos to those who support local businesses you’re theee best!!!

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!  
JSD:
I admire strong Indigenous artists like my late great-grandmother Jenny Lightning who was a phenomenal beader and designer. I also love the work from Smithstine Copper because she creates her jewellery from nothing and it’s transformed into a unique piece of wearable art.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?  
JSD:
We like to give back to the community by donating time serving a holiday dinner to people in need. This is what fills my heart.  

Visit JShine Designs website to see more of the work they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.JShineDesigns.ca

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White Otter Design Co: Traditional Indigenous Artistry & Contemporary Fashion

Jaymie Campbell of White Otter Design Co. incorporates traditional Indigenous artistry and contemporary fashion to craft gorgeous crafts gorgeous jewellery, wallets, and other pieces. On her art, Jaymie says, “I strive to use authentic materials in all of my work, and you will often see the use of hand-tanned hides, horse hair, and porcupine quills. Much of the material is sourced from local communities and elders, though I put a strong focus on learning the traditional skills in order to use them in her work and pass them down to future generations.” Catch her at the Bison from December 7-9, follow her on Instagram (@WhiteOtterDesignCo) to see more of her work and read on to discover what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
White Otter Design:
Creating for me is an important connection to my culture, ancestors, and identity. I love being part of the wonderful artist community and it is important for me to learn traditional skills in order to pass them down to future generations.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
WOD:
This is the first year I have participated in some large Indigenous fashion events and my line has become a lot more diverse. I have started turning some of my large beadwork patterns into jewellery and incorporating some new materials such as horse hair and different furs.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
WOD:
Most Indigenous artists have unique styles that are influenced by our cultural backgrounds, communities and teachers, and mine is no different. I have unique patterns and colours and use a lot of traditional materials that I make or harvest.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community, or whichever community you call home?
WOD:
I don’t live in Edmonton, but have been very much embraced by the community. I love being able to reach out to other artists and share advice, learnings, and experiences with each other. Artists and designers are cut from a different cloth and I just love spending time with “my people.”

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
WOD:
Oh man. There are so many! Jadial GreyEagle does incredible beadwork and is a massive activist for Indigenous women. She produced her first documentary alongside Tantoo Cardinal this year! SectionThirtyFive is a clothing line designed out of Vancouver but the owner is from Samson Cree Nation outside of Edmonton. He is totally crushing it and moving onto an international stage with Indigenous Fashion. Catherine Blackburn is this artist from Saskatchewan and she is so crazy talented in so many mediums it is mind blowing!

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
WOD:
Watching Bing Crosby’s White Christmas with my family.

Learn more about White Otter Design Co. and what she’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison on her Instagram!

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