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 I pay homage to my relatives. 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 from Chakastaypasin Band, Treaty 6 Territory. Jess has created her wearable art under the name JShine Designs and currently working out of Edmonton, Alberta. She recently left her professional career to pursue art full-time.

Jess combines both traditional and contemporary beading styles into her art. Throughout her work she utilizes materials such as traditionally tanned hides, which she is reclaiming the practice and art of hide tanning. Beading and working on hides has awakened her spirit.  She finds beading as a way to express herself by creating beautiful adornments for everyday wear. 

Jess graduated with her Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Native Studies and minoring in Women’s Gender Studies at the University of Alberta (2019).  Furthermore, she obtained a Certificate in Aboriginal Governance and Partnerships. Education was always important to Jess and her education journey started through NAIT (2007), in which she also obtained both an Accounting Diploma and graduated with a Bachelor Business Administration Degree (2013).