I just realized it’s 2 am and I’m still beading watching weird National Geographic stories on Egyptian pyramids. 🤓 I’m going to bed now but... I stitched these... I call them, the lady and of the lake. Goodnight never land #Etsy#handmademovement#beadwork
I'm very honoured to be a part of the 10x10 Art Project again this year. As usual, I waited for inspiration to strike and it had. This is my finished canvas. If you'd like to own this piece or simply just look at it, it's hanging at Uptown Orthodontics as of today. It will then be going to Amigos for its final showing and will then become part of a group silent auction before it goes to its forever home. Below you will read my story of how my canvas became what it is and why... #creativityinthecore#beadedcanvas#beadwork#MMIW#tinafontaine
For MMIW.. For Tina
When I was 15 a man took me to a party and gave me alcohol. Everything faded after my first drink. I remember waking up laying in a bed with a white man that I didn’t know, doing things I didn’t know how to do. When I got up and tried to leave out the door, he grabbed me, threw me on the couch and ran to lock the door. I chased after him but he was so strong and fast. I knew I wouldn’t be able to fight him or get out the door even if I tried with all my might. Instead, I ran through his apartment and jumped off the balcony and ran home barefoot with no clothes on under a big hoodie. When my mom asked me later what was wrong, I told her I just wasn’t feeling good. I was so ashamed and felt like it was my fault. I never told anyone because I was afraid what people would say or think about me. I didn’t want this to dictate my future or who I was to become.
When I say that I am Tina Fontaine, I say it because I know how it felt to be 15 and to be indigenous.
This canvas is for her. This canvas is for all MMIW who are gone without a face, whose stories we don’t know.