Nation/Clan: Tonawanda Seneca/Heron
Media: Iroquois clothing, Iroquois beadwork
My art form includes dressmaking, the old traditional style of clothing, skirts, leggings, shirts and bead work, mostly Iroquois style. I have also created clothing, outfits in the plains style of the Western tribes.
My craft education began with my mother, who worked as a seamstress most of her life. I also attended a vocational school with more technical education; pattern drafting, etc. Bead work to me was a natural skill, it is a great form of embellishment to the clothing. I have exhibited at the Seneca Niagara Casino and the Seneca Allegany Casino. I hop to exhibit more of my work in the future.
I find great satisfaction in the creative process and following in the footsteps of my ancestors. I feel I must carry on the skill that my relatives taught me as I sat by them at a very young age. After studying and much research in the area of our clothing and bead work decorating, I found my field. I think it is very important that we as craft men and women portray our heritage and traditions as closely as possible.