Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation
Born and raised in the small hamlet of Little Port, Elmastukwek, Ktaqmkuk, Nicole Travers is a Mi’kmaw woman and artist. She is a self-taught beader who started practicing just after the birth of her first child in 2015. Nicole always admired the intricate detailed beadwork of her Mi’kmaq ancestors that is now located in museums.
Life had taken Nicole to Alberta for several years but returned to her hometown with her partner to raise their two girls. Nicole felt it was imperative that her children be raised with the same relationship with traditions, culture, and land as she.
For Nicole, creating art is a process of remaining connected to nature and finding the natural flow of each piece. By following her intuition, visions, and dreams, it often allows her to see the completed piece prior to its completion.
“So, there are times that it takes me forever to get to my beadwork. I have, however, taken a personal approach where a part of me is woven into the piece that I create. As I give a bit of myself to each piece, I grow with desire to share, it is like an unending circle of give and receive. I always try to ensure I can visualize how a piece will look before I start. As it comes together it may take on a life of its own, but I won't force something that doesn't feel right”.
Influenced by the traditional Mi’kmaq double curve, and petroglyphs, Nicole uses these traditional beadwork designs and marries it with contemporary ideas to create her unique works.
“Because we are always evolving as who we are as individuals, learning, experiencing, and growing; my artwork is a representation of who I am at this specific point in time, including my knowledge of traditions and culture”.
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