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Judith Keesic

Judith Keesic, Resin Art, Beadwork Jewelry, Earrings, Necklaces, ornaments, Rings, bracelets, Indigenous Artist, First Nations, Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada, Pass The Feather

Judith Keesic

Judith Keesic

LacSuel Band of Ojibwa

My shop’s name, Daysky Designs, is influenced by my last name Keesic, which roughly translates from Ojibwa to English as to a beautiful day sky. I am an Artist from the Lac Suel band of Ojibway from Frenchman’s head in Northwestern Ontario. Currently Living in Peterborough Ontario Canada.

Judith Keesic, Resin Art, Beadwork Jewelry, Earrings, Necklaces, ornaments, Rings, bracelets, Indigenous Artist, First Nations, Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada, Pass The Feather

I learned to beadwork at a young age on Leech Lake reservation in Minnesota where we moved when I was 12. I always liked to make gifts of bead and leather work for my family and friends. I also learned to sew and do embroidery. As a girl I wanted to be an artist and was influenced by woodlands art and beadwork done by my family.

My life’s influences were my mother and father, but I also lived a time with my uncle and aunt in Northern Ontario. That is where I learned how to sew leather work. If I was to give another name it would be my sister Malinda Gray who is a PhD student of Aboriginal Studies at Trent University.

Resin is new to me by 4 years, and I am Self-taught through trial and error. My early influences were when I was 10 and saw a scorpion encased in resin from New Mexico. Also my mother bought a book that had resin art in the pages but I was not allowed to attempt since it was not safe for children. (I always loved looking at that book with the submerged and locked in time Dandelion fluff.) I experimented in natural elements in clear resin to see if I could achieve similar results.

This is where I am today. Is this work Indigenous? YES! I am indigenous and everything I make is too.  My cultural influences are seen in the feathers, shells, flowers, birchbark, quills, and four medicines I capture to create jewelry. My first works were in cabochons which I successfully have sold to many bead artists in Canada. I want to make more of my own signature jewelry and Art. Miigwetch for reading.

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