Jocelyn Lamothe is a citizen of Métis Nation of Alberta. Born and raised in the Edmonton area, her Métis ancestry is traced back through the Peace River area, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. She has been beading for the past several years, gratefully acknowledging family members, Elders and mentors, along with blood memory for her artwork. Each piece includes a gold bead from her father’s beading kit, representing gratitude and love for him and all ancestors.
Through her mother’s family, Jocelyn has European and Settler heritage with ties to Iowa, Scotland, and Sweden. Common values amongst her parents included love for family, music, creating, and living with the land.
Jocelyn began Willow Rose Beads in 2020, which was awarded the first Amy Willier Memorial Award for Indigenous Artists, presented by Avenue Magazine’s Made in Alberta Awards. Her work can be found on her Instagram account and website.