Aura is a Haudenosaunee (Oneida) artist currently based in Tkaronto. She graduated from University of Lethbridge in 2010 with a Bachelor in Fine Art (Studio Art). She creates mixed-media artwork and murals that are connected to art as healing, love and mothering, often looking to the community to collectively explore personal storytelling and truth-sharing through workshops. In 2017, she received the Leading Women Leading Girls Award, created album artwork fro Frank Waln and designed a poster for World Indigenous People's Education Conference, co-designed ImagineNATIVE's delicate bag with Chief Lady Bird, created the cover of Tanaya Winder's book "Why Storms are Named After People and Bullets Remain Nameless", and branded Luminato Festival's Tributaries opening event with her floral designs. Her collaborative murals were featured in the Kinship issue of Canadian Art, and can be seen throughout Ontario and Quebec.
Chief Lady Bird is a Chippewa and Potawatomi artist from Rama First Nation and Moosedeer Point First Nation, who is currently based in Toronto. She graduated from OCAD University in 2015 with a BFA in Drawing and Painting and a minor in Indigenous Visual Culture. Through her art practice, Chief Lady Bird uses street art, community-based workshops, digital illustration and mixed media work to challenge the lens that Indingeous people are often viewed through. Her work subvert the dominant culture's frequent fetishization of Indigenous culture by highliting the diverse experiences that we all come from.
Chief Lady Bird was the recipient of the Donna Mclean Award for Portraiture and Life Study in 2015; she is known across Turtle Island for her murals and received the Leading Women Building Communities Recognition Award in 2017 alongside Aura. In addition to this, she has created designs/illustrations for Vice News, the Ontario Human Rights Communision, Open Canda, West End Phoenix, the Institute for Research on Public Policy, Chirp Magazine, Frank Waln, Indiana Inuit: Das Nordamerika Film Festival (Germany), and Oasis Skateboard Factory, to name a few. She was also proudly featured in the legendary Kinship issue of Canadian Arts alongside many brilliant Indigenous Artists!
Chief Lady Bird
Ms. Antone's Beadwork is dynamic and contemporary, beaded earrings and accessories handmade by Janet Antone, a proud member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, with amazing detail in a variety of colours and designs. With options for both pierced and non-pierced ears available.
Ms. Antone’s Beadwork has been all over the world (Africa, US, New Zealand, Scotland, Norway) and she is now grateful to pass along the techniques of beading and giving back to her community. She has showcased her work at the Guswenta Gathering at Soulpepper in October 2017, and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for the Adàwàning: Indigenous Women’s Art Market - Dec 2018, The Merry Makers Block Party - March 2019, and she’s also placed second runner up in the London readers choice in the jewellery category in 2017.
Ms. Antone's Beadwork
Born on West Bay, Manitoulin Island, Christine plays an important part of the Aboriginal community of Toronto. In the past she worked for the Royal Bank and later went on to become manager of the gift shops at the Native Canadian Centre. Currently she contributes her time in Seneca College as a teacher in the tradition of First Nations craft making.
Member of the Lenape/Delaware Nation on Six Nations of The Grand River. Mandi is mixed heritage Lenape/Delaware, Mohawk, Anishinaabe, Irish and German.
Mandi took to Art quickly at a very young age, drawing and painting came very naturally. As Mandi grew, her parents and family introduced to other craft such as Embroidery and Beadwork. Leather and stitch work with clothing and Moccasin making by the age of nine. Mandi found a great passion with Dreamcatchers at the age of 11 when she was taught the traditional Ojibwe teachings from family with materials from the land.
Mandi was named Tkwasit Mamalis after the Deer which translates to Gentle Fawn. She is a member of a large family and community of hunters and gatherers that strive towards Food Sovereignty and the Perseverance and Protection of Treaty Rights to hunt, fish and trap for Six Nations and beyond. Much of the organic material that is harvested from these hunts is the media for Mandis’ work.
A busy Mother of 2, Wife and Daughter, Artist, Crafter and Workshop facilitator for her own business; Sweet Dreams and Native Things, she always takes time to teach anyone that wants to learn as traditions can only be carried on if they are passed to the next generations.