My name is Lizzie Mingeeak, I am an Inuk artist currently residing in Ottawa, ON. I learned a lot of my skills back in my hometown Iqaluit. Throughout my life, I’ve participated in a few cultural classes where they taught me how to sew mitts, parkas and amautiit or bead-specific styles but I also am self-taught in some areas such as beading necklaces and crafting jewelry with furs and pelts.
I started my journey of crafting as a child in elementary school, my class was taught how to sew mittens and once I finished my mittens I started sewing anything and everything I could. I hand-sewn a dress from scrap materials I found around the house and from then on I participated in more sewing/beading classes in my upbringing helping shape the artist I am today. With the knowledge that was taught to me and experimenting with things on my own, I hold great value to these traditions I carry with me as women traditionally were seamstresses and provided clothing amongst much more for our people back in the day. I truly feel that by creating these Inuit crafts I am revitalizing my culture and helping keep this tradition alive. I feel as if I carry my ancestors with me when I sit in peace and create these beautiful crafts, through generations and generations of knowledge I am able to do what I do today and I am eternally grateful. Nakurmiik