Cree, Moose Cree First Nation
Jill Simser is a proud Cree and is a member of the Moose Cree First Nation. She is a "sixties scoop" adoptee and over the years has reconnected with her biological family. Beading skills run in the family, her grandmother Jane was a well respected beadwork artist in the community, her aunties and cousins also create amazing beadwork.
Jill learned the beading basics from Indigenous women she worked with in the government back in the early 90s, attending beading circles, participating in workshops and a lot of practice over the years. Her moccasins are made in the James Bay Cree style and she uses flowers to bring beauty into the pieces. She is a mother to two adult children, Michelle and Jason. Jill, her kids and their partners often hold "craft days" or "beading afternoons" where they work on individual projects or come together to learn new cultural skills followed by a feast.
Buy her work at...
Indigenous Women's Art Market - National Arts Centre (Fall and Christmas)