Claire Johnston

Claire Johnston, beadwork, jewelry, Indigenous Artist, First Nations, Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada, Pass The Feather

Claire Johnston

Claire Johnston

Métis

My name is Claire Johnston (she/they), I am a Michif beader with Swedish, Scottish and English settler ancestry. My Métis family roots are from St. Andrews, Manitoba and their family names include Richards, Moore/Moar, Truthwaite, Brown and Thomas.

Claire Johnston, beadwork, jewelry, Indigenous Artist, First Nations, Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada, Pass The Feather

I am a Métis Citizen with the Manitoba Métis Federation as well as a local member of the Seven Oaks Métis Council. I organize with a Winnipeg-based grassroots Métis collective called Red River Echoes. My love for beadwork comes from a long line of Anglo-Métis Johnstons, who are skilled makers of many mediums. My main teacher has been my father, Roy Johnston, who encourages interest in beadwork and leatherwork from a very young age. My other teachers have included Michelle Carriere (Seven Oaks Métis Council), Jennine Krauchi (Winnipeg Art Gallery), and her Aunt Lynn Gibson (Johnston). I am a novice hide tanner that seeks to build and expand my relations with the natural world via my artform.