Photo credit: Alistair Maitland Photography
Kaylyn is a Northern Tutchone and Tlingit artist from the Yukon and a citizen of Selkirk First Nation, but based out of Whitehorse. Kaylyn is an avid beader, using a variety of materials and textiles, and drawing on the principals of visual art to create her own designs. In addition to making jewellery, Kaylyn’s beadwork adorns garments and accessories, including mukluks, moccasins, and purses. She is also exploring ASMR, below is a photo of Kaylyn using a shawl she created and a contact mic to create ASMR noises.
Beading allows Kaylyn to connect with her ancestors—her mother, grandmothers, and great grandmothers all beaded—as well as with her peers and her children. Beading is a form of storytelling, a way to pass along traditions and knowledge to future generations. In addition to showing her kids the good things that come from following their dreams, Kaylyn hopes through her beadwork and sharing her sewing skills to inspire other Indigenous people who may have lost touch with their traditions as a result of residential school.
Photo edited by: Robyn McLeod