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Jessica May


Medium: Bead Work, Skin Sewing

My name is Jessica Christiansen. I grew up in Old Harbor and have lived in Kodiak for nearly seven years. I became interested in Native arts throughout elementary, junior / high school during our cultural weeks in Old Harbor. In school we did wood carving, making bentwood hats and Alutiiq masks, along with skin sewing. During the summers, while away visiting my grandmother in the Interior of Alaska, she taught me how to sew with beads. Being as young as I was, beading interested me from day one. I became great at it. I love the beauty in my work, especially my suncatchers. I also enjoy skin sewing. My sea otter bears are very valuable to me but I would like to expand my variety of skin sewn projects.

I enjoy keeping my Alutiiq and Athabaskan cultures alive through my traditional artwork. I am always interested in learning new things and taking every opportunity available to expand my artwork and get new ideas.  I am very proud of my heritage and thankful for the traditions that have been passed down to me to help keep it alive. I believe everybody needs to learn more about their culture in some way because some day it’s not going to be there.

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PO Box 8985
Kodiak, AK 99615

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