Brielle Reeves

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    Who Am I To You?  brooch created from glass beads, felt and NYMO thread  4.75” x 3.5” x 0.5”
    Who Am I To You?  brooch created from glass beads, felt and NYMO thread  4.75” x 3.5” x 0.5”

    Brielle Reeves

    Regular price $450.00
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    Who Am I To You?  brooch created from glass beads, felt and NYMO thread

    4.75” x 3.5” x 0.5”

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    Keepsake For The Forgotten Necklace in glass beads, felt, NYMO thread, fabric and  copper with Prismacolor.  Pendant: 2.5” x 3”, Necklace: 16”
    Keepsake For The Forgotten Necklace in glass beads, felt, NYMO thread, fabric and  copper with Prismacolor.  Pendant: 2.5” x 3”, Necklace: 16”

    Brielle Reeves

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    Keepsake For The Forgotten Necklace in glass beads, felt, NYMO thread, fabric and  copper with Prismacolor.

    Pendant: 2.5” x 3”, Necklace: 16”

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    Bead Soup Soul Brooch. Created from glass beads, felt and NYMO thread.  4” x 2.5” x 0.5”
    Bead Soup Soul Brooch. Created from glass beads, felt and NYMO thread.  4” x 2.5” x 0.5”

    Brielle Reeves

    Regular price $350.00
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    Bead Soup Soul Brooch. Created from glass beads, felt and NYMO thread.

    4” x 2.5” x 0.5”

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    Apple Cross-Section Ring hand-sewn in glass seed beads, Felt and NYMO thread. The ring measures 5.5 L x 7.5 W x 1.5 H cm and was created in 2021.
    Apple Cross-Section Ring hand-sewn in glass seed beads, Felt and NYMO thread. The ring measures 5.5 L x 7.5 W x 1.5 H cm and was created in 2021.
    Apple Cross-Section Ring hand-sewn in glass seed beads, Felt and NYMO thread. The ring measures 5.5 L x 7.5 W x 1.5 H cm and was created in 2021.
    Apple Cross-Section Ring hand-sewn in glass seed beads, Felt and NYMO thread. The ring measures 5.5 L x 7.5 W x 1.5 H cm and was created in 2021.

    Camp! Brielle Reeves

    Regular price $450.00
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    Apple Cross-Section Ring 

    Hand-sewn glass seed beads, felt and NYMO thread, 5.5 L x 7.5 W x 1.5 H cm, 2021. 

    Size 5  To be worn with love and care.

    Red on the outside but white on the inside: a phrase that describes an apple, both the fruit and the person. As a mixed-race Indigenous person who grew up with little connection to my Indigenous culture, I fit the term of “apple” very well. As I have sought out understanding of and connection to my Indigenous culture, I learned the craft of beadwork. In making this ring, I combined the techniques of beading with my metalsmithing knowledge and approach to making hollow form rings. This combination of techniques is a further manifestation of my journey to re-connect to my Indigenous heritage while still honouring all aspects of my mixed-race identity. The ring’s size catches the eye as surely as the glittering beads do, signalling an insistence on being proud of my identity and its manifestations.

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    My work is an exploration and declaration of my identity as a mixed Indigenous and white woman. Due to my Indigenous parents growing up without a connection to their culture, I also had very little knowledge of culture and felt estranged from it. As I have been seeking deeper understanding and connection, I recently have incorporated Indigenous beadworking techniques into my practice.

    I have found that in modern society when we speak about identity, we often view it as if aspects of identity are simply boxes to be marked off on a sheet and declared to the world as definitive statements. Through my explorations of my own seemingly disjointed identity, I have found that this mode of thinking is from a contemporary colonialist framework that does not allow for the nuanced fluidity that is experienced in life. As such, my work strives to challenge these rigid constructions of identity and instead offer deeper exploration and understanding.

    Through my beaded pieces I explore the liminality of being a biracial individual and seeking to find a balance between expressions of identity. I take the common, traditional approaches to Indigenous beading and imbue with my contemporary understanding of race and identity. Beaded pieces are often illustrational due to the maneuverability of the small, multi-coloured beads and I use this to my advantage in my work. I use recognizable imagery to interest the viewer, which then invites them to learn more about the pieces and by extension my own story.

    According to many Indigenous cultures, beading is medicine. As I fall into the meditative space of stitching each bead onto the felt, I imbue the piece with my thoughts and experiences. This provides opportunities for healing and for mutual understanding between me and the viewer.