“Kaylyn, who is Northern Tutchone and Tlingit, beads and tufts earrings, pendants, chokers, bolo ties, cuffs, and more. Her creations use traditional techniques, but her colour and pattern choices are dizzyingly anti-conventional. She often incorporates high-contrast black and white quillwork into her flowers. And, she’ll often give each petal an entirely different treatment; beaded stripes, then orange tufting, then neon pink. Sometimes her tufts are multi-colour, resembling tie-dye or even graffiti-style spray-paint. For this technique, Kaylyn learned hair-dying tips from her hairdresser and applied them to caribou hair. As she also incorporates gems, metallics, crystals, gold – each piece becomes an audacious garden, a feast for the eyes.⠀ Her work though, is more than aesthetic experience. Each piece is inspired by a memory or a story or a friend. ‘I heard a phrase one time – symphony of thoughts – that I really like,’ says Kaylyn. ‘It is what my pieces are. So many textures, never flat. I give myself permission to try things. I do whatever I feel like in the moment!’”
Write up by: Sarah Swan
Each piece is a story,
A cherished memory,
A piece of myself.
“Her work is imaginative, impeccable and totally her own. As an artist she continues to evolve and rise and is an amazing visual storyteller.”
“She makes exceptional statement pieces that combine traditional techniques of beading, tufting and quill work which translates into a story that represent an upholding of cultural practices and traditions with a vibrate modern twist.”
Rainestorm Double Laminated Sticker