ᐋᐧᓯᑌᐤ wâsisiw

s/he shines

Beading is my Medicine

"Beading is a way for me to create from within, to be able to dream it /imagine it and create something into the physical.  Every bead tells a story, just like our stories that have been passed down for generations.  Creating beadwork is my way of my self-expression, Beadwork connects me to all my Matriarchs before me and paying homage to all of those before me. I create each piece with intention, purpose, prayer and love.”

About The Artist ~ Jess Sanderson Barry

Jess Sanderson-Barry is a nêhiyaw-iskwêw, mother, Cree Artist, Designer, and Hide Tanner from Chakastaypasin Band, Treaty Six Territory. Jess started beading in high school and throughout the years she learned different beading techniques from many different Knowledge Keepers and other Artists. 

JShine Designs is 100% Indigenous owned and focuses on authentic handmade jewelry and accessories. Some of the mediums she uses in her art are home tanned traditional hides, both caribou and moose hair & both contempoary and vintage beads.


Jess has created her wearable art under the name JShine Designs. She is an full-time entrepreneur working out of Edmonton, Alberta. By combining both traditional and contemporary beading styles into her art, JShine Designs allows for traditional Indigenous art forms to transcend time and shine in contemporary times.

Jess is recently graduated with her Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Native Studies and minoring in Women’s Gender Studies at the University of Alberta.  Furthermore, she obtained a Certificate in Aboriginal Governance and Partnerships. Education was always important to Jess and her education journey started through NAIT in 2007, in which she also obtained both an Accounting Diploma and graduated with a Bachelor Business Administration Degree (2013).