It is through my beadwork that I keep Ojibwe traditions alive by incorporating traditional Ojibwe floral patterns. I strongly believe sharing my knowledge of traditional Ojibwe beadwork will help preserve the art of beadwork for future generations.
As a full-time artist I have taught a number of different beadwork art classes, not to mention a current online course I made myself through course.net ”How to Bead Ojibwe Floral Beadwork", which has over 100 currently students spanning across the USA and Canada. In partner with the online course I made, I launched a secret Facebook group page where I could interact with my enrolled students, give advice on beading techniques, and also share my art projects visually so my students can effectively learn from me by seeing a project made from start to finish. I also self publish a book, "Beading Traditions", which was a small book about how to bead, sharing my art, beading techniques, and lovely pictures. This book sold over 60 copies USA and Canada. I run two Facebook pages, my artist page Beading Traditions, which has over 7,500+ followers to date and was only launched back in 2013. I have self taught myself to research publics positive reactions to posts on my Artist Page. I utilized trending data on my artist page to track how many times a post has been shared, liked and reposted, what types of posts are reaching the highest number of people, and regions of the world which is attracting more followers. Utilizing these self taught techniques and online tools provided by Facebook Group Pages I have uploaded posts that sometimes reach over +40,000 people. My other Facebook page mentioned above is my Secret Facebook group page I made for my students. Did I mention I also have been awarded a Fellowship at the Minnesota Historical Society recently? I was chosen to be an Artist in Residence at MNHS which was a 6 month program that included collection study, community outreach programs, and a public event showcase. This was a highly competitive fellowship award which I utilized my skills and years of experience in research, proposal writing, and also created a unique digital portfolio for my artwork samples which helped me get awarded the fellowship but also was commended for my professional artist portfolio. I have years of experience as an independent researcher for my art; Ojibwe Traditional Floral Beadwork. I am a self taught artist and have utilized search engines such as Google, museum collection databases, social media pages, face to face interviews with other master artists, to gain as much background knowledge as I could for my art, teaching, and creation of projects. I am a sought out master artist in my speciality, Ojibwe Traditional Floral Beadwork and considered by some an experiment in my specialized field of art. I have over 4 years of self taught marketing experience. When I started out as a career artist no one knew my name or my work, but utilizing tools available to me through social media, public feedback surveys, my years of utilizing Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to promote my work and my artist name/brand, I am now a well known Native American Beadwork Artist, Designer for a start-up Native Owned Clothing Line, and have pieces I have made in two museum collections, one piece is currently on permanent exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. As you have read I am a very driven, intelligent, personable individual. I have utilized my skills I have learned, experience, and professionalism to market myself and my art and make a brand for my name.