Michelle La Forme
Michelle La Forme
Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, New Brunswick
Hello, I'm Michelle!
I am an Indigenous artist with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, currently residing in Quispamsis, New Brunswick.
I have loved being creative and working with my hands since a very young age - I have always loved music, painting, writing, crafting and recreating things that inspire me. In the past few years, I have began beading and started my small business, The Sparkle Treasury, during the pandemic.
I started off by teaching myself to bead with nothing but a cheap kit from Michaels and a dream, but I quickly learned that there are so many resources and tips I can access on the internet. I started with simple wire wrapping and bead weaving, and have expanded to creating many different things, though I am always still learning.
I got started with beading when I was learning more about my own culture and how my ancestors used art to cope and express themselves. I didn't grow up close to my family who claim Indigenous status and took on the responsibility of teaching and immersing myself in the culture when I got to high school. I started with Native Arts classes and branched out with my own research and event participation.
I wanted some way to share the things that I learned, so I started drawing little booklets and sharing them with the pieces I sold. I have also created collections in the past where the proceeds were donated to different charities with a focus on poverty, Indigenous education, veterans, 2SLGBTQ+ youth and residential school survivors - and I plan to continue doing so, as my business expands.
More recently, I joined my brother in hosting a beading workshop at an event highlighting ways to improve mental health in local youth, with a focus on providing resources to Indigenous youth.
With each day that passes, I learn so much about the world, culture, and art. I am eager to share the beauty of it all and look forward to learning more and continuing to share what I have learned. I hope you will join me in my journey of exploration, and learn a little something yourself.
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