Amy Der-Ironstar – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Amy Der-Ironstar comes from Cegakin Nakota First Nation in Saskatchewan. After graduating from the University of Manitoba with a major in Native Studies and minor in Business Management, Amy founded Ironstar Co in 2022. Ironstar Co carries a range of exquisite Indigenous creations such as blankets, moccasins, sage, body care products, books, and more, along with some of Amy's own ribbon skirts and beadwork based on Nakota and cree designs.
Recently, Amy painted hand drums for the Manitoba chiefs, sewed a red dress for an engineer firm in Calgary, and continues to bead unique pieces for organizations across Canada.
Little Wiggly Art
Laura Martin – Toronto, ON
Laura Martin is a self-taught First Nations artist whose mother is a status member of M'Chigeeng First Nation and her father a status member of Qalipu First Nation. Laura follows a long line of artists in her family including noted Woodlands style artists John Laford, Peter Migwans, and Carl Beam.
While Laura creates many types of wearable art and one of a kind handcrafted items (including prints, bookmarks, wood burned boxes, hand painted pendants, hand drum bags, ribbon skirts and shirts, beaded jewelry, etc.), she is first and foremost a painter. Lauar’s work. Laura has been creating her style of artwork, one of a kind pieces containing traditional symbolism in a modern format, since 1986.
Beadwork by Saga
Saga Kwandibens – Toronto, ON
Saga is an indigenous youth based in Toronto, hailing from Constance Lake and Whitesand First Nation territories. Saga is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist and facilitator specializing in handmade, authentic First Nations jewelry produced locally from natural materials including: birchbark, quillwork, beadwork, sealskin, antlers & raw deer hide.
Rikki Singleton – Mississauga, ON
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Rikki is an urban Indigenous artist (Ojibway and Cree) from the Migisi Sahgaigan [Eagle Lake] First Nation in Treaty 3 Territory, currently living in Mississauga running a small business called RiksWorks. RiksWorks incorporates beadwork and candle making into one, consisting of earrings, keychains and pins using beadwork techniques and hand poured soy wax candles that have a wooden wick which crackles while it burns.