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.