Zilinski is an Anishinaabe artist, of Aggaamaakwaa Manitoba, with family and ancestral ties to Dakota, Cree Anishinaabe and Huron Wendat Nations throughout Turtle Island, on their mother's side and is Ukrainian on their father's side.
Their artistic medium is traditional Indigenous loom beadwork. More recently, Zilinski has developed methods and techniques for creating large loom beaded tapestry artworks. The tapestries tell stories, visions, and teachings.
They were born in Hope, BC, on the traditional, unceded territory of Chawathil First Nation and now reside on the Chawathil reserve with their partner. They have raised 6 children, 4 of which are still living at home and are the proud grandparents of two.
Zilinski was taught to loom bead at the age of 15 by an Elder from Chawathil who would come to the school they attended to teach all the students to bead. The Elder taught all the students how to graph designs on paper and how to bead on the loom.
Over the years, Zilinski has beaded smaller projects, such as bracelets, when they had the time between work and raising babies. However, now that their children are more independent, they are able to focus more on their art.
In June of 2020, Zilinski was inspired to start creating loom beaded tapestries because they loved the traditional Stó:Lõ weavings and how story is told through them. Although, they did learn to Coast Salish weave and had permission to weave, being Anishinaabe, Zilinski felt it was important to incorporate their own style of telling stories through this beadwork.