JSHINE DESIGNS

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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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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