AB ED Beaded Keychain (All bead kits must be picked up at the STA prior to Friday, May 6th)

All bead kits must be picked up at the STA prior to Friday, May 6th.

Workshop content will include basic introduction to Dene style beadwork. Pre made kits will be available and will include all materials to complete each individual project. Participants will design their own pattern and choose from an assortment of colours for their design. Instructor will demonstrate many different techniques for bead layout.

Workshop format will include demonstration to detail, explanation on materials used and a basic background knowledge to the materials such as the hand smoked moose hide and the difference compared to factory tanned hide.

A kit consisting of Authentic hand smoked moose hide cut out, bag of assorted coulored seed beads, key ring, thread, beading mat, long & short beading needles, assorted larger glass beads for edging will be provided for each registrant.

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10:50 AM - 2:30 PM

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  • In Her Footsteps Authentic Dene Designs
    Crystal Behn

    Crystal was born and raised in Treaty 8 traditional territory. She is of Dene and Carrier ancestry with her maternal roots from Fort Nelson BC and her paternal roots from Fort St. James BC. Watching her mother lose her battle with cancer while Crystal was a young adult and fighting her own battles to overcome years of drug and alcohol addiction, Crystal turned to her Grandma Mary in her ongoing successful sobriety to reignite her connection with her culture. She has dedicated her journey from learning the traditional ways of harvesting meat and fur and the art of beading and moccasin-making so she can pass on the generations of knowledge to anyone that is interested. This is a living culture that was severely impacted by colonialism. She believes it is her responsibility to teach the next generation. Beading quickly became Crystal’s passion and her new addiction.

    In October 2017 Crystal became a storyboot artist for the company Manitobah Mukluks, the same day her products launched they were selling out. During the same time Crystal revealed her new small home based business ‘In Her Footsteps Authentic Dene Designs’. From hand sketching her logo which represents her Mother, Auntie and Grandmother to going out on the land to harvest natural elements used for her creations, Crystal aims to bring authentic beautiful art to everything she hand makes.

    In 2018 Crystal was selected for a full scholarship to the Toni Onley Artists Project for professional and emerging artists. The same pair of beaded mukluks that earned her a scholarship were chosen alongside a moose hide shawl for the Redress exhibit at Two Rivers Gallery two years prior to her accepting her current position as Indigenous programmer. These beautiful mukluks have also earned a first place win for a traditional art contest within her community.  A Chosen Award, People’s Choice Award and honorable mention were also given to Crystal during the Peace Liard Regional Juried Art Exhibit in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Her beaded mask was chosen for a touring collective for the Breathe. project in which artists from across the country have the chance to create masks representing the covid-19 pandemic we are facing and is currently on display at the Galt Museum in Lethbridge Alberta. Crystal is the recent recipient of the 2021 Fulmer Award for First Nations Art awarded by the BC Achievement Foundation.

    For Crystal, the success has been overwhelming and encouraging. As her wait list for her beautiful handcrafted items continues to grow, she remains dedicated to producing only work that is truly representative of her roots. 

    “I will only use traditional hand-smoked moose hide. If it’s not made with hand-smoked moose hide, it’s not authentic to the Dene, or the traditional ways of my people. My ancestors didn’t have the option of buying factory-tanned hides. I take immense pride in being able to call my work traditional and authentic.”