PROJECTS & PRESS
Photos: Our favourite looks from Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week's closing ceremonies
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World Fusion of Wearable Art
Occured on Saturday September 16 2017
Kamloops Indian Band Powwow Arbor
Hwy 5, Yellowhead Hwy
Kamloops BC V2C 5K9
I participated in this amazing Fashion Show put on by Fashion Speaks International in Kamloops to honour the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women.
NORTHWEST COAST FASHION: STYLE IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT
I participated in this show at MOA at the University of British Columbia during VIFW 2017.
CREATIVE CHAOS Art Show
at On The Rock Gallery
on Haida Gwaii.
I did a mentorship project with 3 youth it was a Button Blanket Making Project funded through the Gwaii Trust and Skidegate Childrens Dance GroupSD#50.
To see a video of my collection at the Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Show 2017 at:
BUTTON BLANKET PROJECT
TAHLTAN ARTIST AND CURATOR PETER MORIN AND DR. CAROLYN BUTLER-PALMER HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA TO CREATE THE WORLD'S LARGEST BUTTON BLANKET. WITH THE HELP OF ELDER BUTTON BLANKET MAKERS FROM VICTORIA, STUDENTS HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT AND PARTICIPATE IN MAKING A MONUMENTAL WORK OF ART.
Today, we were visited by fashion designer and button blanket maker, Loni Skelton. While in class, Loni shared with us how she came to design her unique blankets and fashion items. She stated that she is a self taught artist who learned by examining the work of some of the best artists within British Columbia. Loni’s approach to designing clothing is particularly interesting. Speaking to this approach, she suggests that as it is not possible or practical to wear a blanket at all times, she was inspired to find a different way of presenting her culture to the world in the form of fashion. As she explains, the various designs that she incorporates into her clothing often reflect the traditional oral stories told to her by her family, most notably her grandmother. One of the most beautiful pieces that Loni brought with her was a coat that included such a design around its collar. She expressed that when she wears this coat, she has the sense that her “culture [is] wrapped around her” and feels grounded in who she is as an aboriginal woman.