Art is meant to engage our senses. It can be really fun when art interacts with more than one sense, like when music gives you goosebumps, or in culinary art when the smell of a dish almost makes you taste it. Jewelry is a form of wearable art that appeals to our senses as well. Not only is it visually beautiful, but it is tangible. I (Sophia) really enjoy beadwork. From far away, it looks like a smooth, solid piece of jewelry, but as you look at it up close, you can see the tiny detail and texture of each bead, strung together one by one, forming an amazing piece of art.
Kelly Nahwegahbow is a First Nation Designer based in Ottawa and is a member of the Whitefish River First Nation. The Beading Drum Jewelry Originals is a First Nation Company that specializes in unique wearable art.
Throughout the quarantine, Kelly has been working on Traditional Ojibway beadwork, along with leatherwork such as moccasins.
Due to decreased income and no venues, Kelly has had to adapt to change and diversify. They are currently exploring new platforms of social media.
For more of Kelly’s creations, you can follow them on Instagram: @thebeadingdrumjewelryoriginals or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheBeadingDrumJewelryOriginals/