Made in Canada
Storyboots are authentically hand-crafted by Indigenous artists.
Artists receive 100% of the proceeds of each sale.
Edna’s Story: Edna Laerty is an emerging ‘Traditional Craft Artisan’ residing in Hay River NT. She was born in Fort Resolution in 1967 and is of Chipewyan Metis descent. She started sewing traditional crafts in 2013, after making her first pair of child size slippers on her own. She was happy with her eorts and continued sewing on her own with help from her aunt. Since 2013, Edna has been challenging herself to learn how to sew something new each year. She uses old methods and styles passed down to her from her aunts and by attending sewing workshops with elders when opportunities to do so are available to her. She has also received inspiration on beading practices from well known beading artists. Some by sitting and sewing with and some by admiration and studying of work through social media tutorials or books on traditional native beading methods. Along the way she has picked up some of her own styles, designs, and techniques and uses a mixture of old and new methods to create her work. She also enjoys drawing and transferring her work onto materials for beading or embroidery. She draws for elders who want to make slippers or mucklucks in the community, and is still amazed when asked to do so, as it is still new to her. She has made donations of four original handbags for donation internationally through social media to raise funds for MMIW Awareness. She continues to donate locally through social media kindness donation page for those in need. She is an active member of the Hay River Metis Government Council and has recently taken part in a moose hide workshop and will be continuing onto tanning the hide this summer. She plans to continue learning and sharing her knowledge with others in her community.