During the run of On Beaded Ground, Legacy is selling the work of local artists at our Bead Soup Kiosk. Learn more about the current artists in our Spring Batch below! Their work will be available at the kiosk, located at Legacy Downtown, through to the end of September.
Alli Matchett (Secwepemc, Scottish, and English)
Alli Matchett is a beadwork artist of Secwepemc, Scottish, and English ancestry, with roots specifically to Tsq’escen and Simpcw. She is currently living on the traditional territories of the Sinixt in the West Kootenays, which is where she was born and raised. Her beadwork practice began 13 years ago, and has developed into a passion and a form of medicine. Her creations incorporate elements of the natural world, particularly flowers and the moon, utilizing bright and contrasting colours.
Sarah Rhude (Mi’kmaq, Irish/English/French
Alysha Brown- Cree/English)
Based in Lekwungen territory on Vancouver Island, Aunty Collective is an accessible online commerce platform for Indigenous artists and professionals to share their creations, talents and skills. Aunty Collective provides space for showcasing authentic Indigenous voices, artwork, consultations, and workshops. Our shop includes painted drums, cedar and multi-textile/dimensional beaded jewelry, medicine bags, moccasins, traditional medicines, paintings and rattles. We are working from Instagram and local markets currently, but we will be launching our website this September.
Msit No’kmaq/wahkohtowin ~ All my Relations
Coastal Bead Collective
Brandi, Jenna, & Chelsea (Interior Salish/Skwxu’7mesh/Cree & Kwakwaka’wakw women)
Yo, We’re a collective of Indigenous women from various backgrounds from unceded territories ranging from Kwakwaka’wakw territories, Nlaka’pamux people to Various Salish nations of the Southern tip of Vancouver Island and North Vancouver.
We started this journey with beads in 2014. It’s been a lot of work to get to where we are today. A lot of trial and error, cutting and resizing and edging when Brandi was trying to incorporate a way to interpret her father’s silver engraving for a college project. She interpreted his jewelry through beading her take on his jewelry. Incorporating Eagle and Thunderbird motifs and colours from her father’s homelands. To pay homage to her father through art.
Jenna began beading after asking Brandi to teach her. Their first lesson was a yelling match! Through trial and error the two sisters forged a bond through beading and soon were infusing their cultures through beadwork. Chelsea was taught basics by Brandi in 2018, and they two have really grown together. They bead every chance they get when they’re together.
The three have created Coastal Bead Collective together. Infusing their unique cultural backgrounds and personal flair to each piece they’ve created something entirely unique and beautiful together. We have since grown to add more members into our collective and even had guests collaborate this past year. It’s been an exciting opportunity for us all.
They say “Beading is medicine”, and we couldn’t agree more. It’s been a conduit for us to carry on discovering ourselves and reclaiming what was once lost. We are making our ancestors proud. We are revitalizing, reclaiming, and reindigenizing our lives one bead at a time.
Emily White (Klahoose + Tla’amin)
ʔaǰəčχwʊt! Hello! My name is Emily White. I am Coast Salish from Klahoose and Tla’amin Nations. I have been doing beadwork since 2019. I learned how to bead from the lovely Métis Elder Barb Hulme during my time at the University of Victoria. I am currently finishing my BA with a Major in Indigenous Studies and a Minor in Applied Ethics this spring!
Nick Henry (W̱SÁNEĆ from Pauquachin Nation)
ÍY SȻÁĆEL, Nick TŦE NE SNÁ Ć,SE LÁ,E SEN EṮ W̱ SÁNEĆ. Good day, my name is Nick and I am from the Saanich Nation. I have been beading since January 2019. I mostly do fringe earrings.
Whess Harman (Carrier Wit’at)
Whess Harman is Carrier Wit’at, and currently lives and works on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh
as an artist as well as the Curator for grunt gallery. Their multidisciplinary practice includes beading, illustration, text, and poetry. As a mixed-race, trans/non-binary artist
they work to find their way through anxiety and queer melancholy with humour and a carefully mediated cynicism that the galleries go hog wild for.
Sarah Santana aka Aunty Skoden (Cree / Métis and Irish, with a Spanish Canadian upbringing)
Aunty Skoden is Cree-Métis-Irish descent, adopted by Spanish Canadian parents and raised locally. A leader and activist in the community for over 15 years, known as Aunty Sara and as Aunty Skoden Apparel on Facebook and @aunty.skoden on Instagram.
Previously their creations were only available to front line defenders, by trade or in fundraisers for community. Their works are symbols of love and comfort, and bring good energy to the wearer.
Emily Lehoux (K’ómoks)
I am Emily Lehoux, I am a k’omoks woman, of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation. I was born and raised on Secwepemc territory before I moved to Victoria in 2017 with my father and grandparents. I have French and Ukrainian heritage on his side. My mother was a baby during the 60s scoop so I am completely disconnected from my culture. I am thankful enough to have found my identity and I have been working on reclaiming my Indigenous identity. Beading has been a great way to do this, as well as working on an Indigenous studies major at the University of Victoria. My beading business started last September and has been a new ceremony and medicine in my life. I smudge every pair I make to bless them and the owner with good health, life, and love. I love living on the island, it has become my wonderful home, hence my name, Sage and Sea Beading. I am so thankful for my business and the opportunities it has given me. ?imot (thank you).
Rain Cabana-Boucher (Métis and British)
Rain Cabana-Boucher is a Métis interdisciplinary artist raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, treaty 6 territory. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. Rain’s practice explores autobiographical themes in relation to place and politics. She’s a recent artist-in-residence at Skwachàys residency program in Vancouver and recipient of the First Peoples Cultural Council’s Individual artist grant. Rain will be attending PILOTENKUECHE international artist residency as an artist-in-residence in 2022. She is currently living and working on the stolen land of the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱ SÁNEĆ First Nations.
Katlyn Nugent (Mixed Anishnaabe and settler from Wahnipitae nation)
Kate is a mixed Anishinaabe and settler beader from Wahnipitae nation who has been living on Lekwungen territory since 2016. She began beading this spring, learning from all the amazing online resources other beaders have created. Beading is a way for her to connect to her Indigenous heritage and share it with this those around her. She specializes in bright colours and floral patterns.