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Quillwork by Indigenous Artist, Christine Toulouse


Discover the artistic world of Christine Toulouse, an emerging Anishinaabe artist from Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation. Specializing in quillwork, an intricate form of embroidery utilizing dyed or natural-colored porcupine quills woven into birch bark, Christine's art is profoundly influenced by the wisdom passed down from her grandmother, Ida Toulouse. Her works symbolize the harmonious connection between the land, seasons, and memory.

Christine meticulously hand-harvests and processes natural materials, emphasizing the significance of quillwork as a transformative journey for learning, healing, growth, and sharing. Her work has garnered attention both locally and internationally, showcased at notable exhibitions such as Reconciliation in France, the Indigenous Art Exhibition in Mississauga, and the 47th Annual Indigenous Art Exhibition at Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford.

Recognized as one of 11 Indigenous designers to watch by Refinery 29, Christine also extends her influence through community workshops and public showcases, contributing to the broader understanding of quillwork practices. As an award-winning artist, she earned an honorable mention with the Trias Art Award from the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Ottawa Hospital for an art piece symbolizing the intersection of art and healing.

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