Lauren Williams Earrings
Made in Canada
Materials: Assorted Beads, 24K Gold Plated Seed Beads
Size: 4cm x 4.5cm
Storyboots are authentically hand-crafted by Indigenous artists.
Artists receive 100% of the proceeds of each sale.
About the Artist: Kahsenniyohstha Lauren Williams is a turtle
clan Kanyenkehaka/Mohawk artist and educator from Six Nations, Ontario. She
was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1983. Kahsenniyohstha has always loved drawing
and creating art, and this passion was fostered by family and friends. As a child,
she learned to bead at First Nations House at the University of Toronto, from her
mother’s students, and from visiting elders, and this skill has blossomed into a
way of storytelling and expression. Her work blends traditional and contemporary
Haudenosaunee stories and aesthetics, embodying sacred feminine energy in
modern and wearable designs. Each piece tells a story. As an adult, beading has
been part of a healing journey to recover after a car accident. For Kahsenniyohstha, her paintings live on walls, but her beadwork can be worn and carried
throughout the day, telling its story. Part of her mantra of self expression is “if
you can draw it, you can bead it!”. This mantra is especially helpful in her current
educational work with children and youth, during which she teaches beadwork,
leather work, music, and other skills, and passes Indigenous knowledge to the next
generations. Kahsenniyohstha Lauren Williams has a Master of Arts degree from
the University of Bristol in Ancient History and Historiography, with a focus on
Haudenosaunee oral tradition.
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