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April Allen

Ocean Antler Necklace

Ocean Antler Necklace

Regular price $120.00 CAD
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41 cm chain, pendant approx. 3-4 x 5-6 cm 

moose antler, resin, gold plated chain, seashells

 

These Ocean Necklaces are crafted from slices of moose antler, decorated with coloured resin and attached to a gold plated chain. The embedded seashells were collected from April's home of Nunatsiavut, and the earrings are inspired by her late mother, an ocean woman who loved the water. Each necklace is a stunning, well-crafted piece of jewellery, embedded in Inuit culture. 

*Due to the handmade nature of these necklaces, size and design may vary! Please contact us if you have specific questions.

 

April Allen, the talented artist behind Stitched by April, is deeply rooted in her Inuit culture and heritage, hailing from Rigolet, Nunatsiavut. Her artistic journey is a beautiful testament to her upbringing, influenced by her mother's dedication to sewing, which sparked April's interest in craftwork at a young age. Learning knitting and sewing from her mother laid the foundation for her passion for beadwork and sewing, which she now uses as a therapeutic outlet.

Her commitment to incorporating her Inuit culture, history, and traditional materials into her artwork reflects her strong connection to her roots. April's dedication to detail in each stitch demonstrates not only her artistic skill but also her reverence for her craft.

Participating in various events like the Indigenous Fashion Arts Festival, Inuit Studies Conference, Adaka Cultural Festival & Arctic Arts Summit, Crafted Show and Sale, and the Labrador Winter Games’ closing ceremonies has provided April with platforms to showcase her exquisite work and share her knowledge through workshops. Her recent participation in the Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week further highlights her growing recognition in the artistic community.

One of April's notable achievements is the display of her Inuit Dolls collection at The Rooms, Provincial Art Bank in St. John’s, NL, showcasing her artistic prowess and cultural storytelling through her creations.

Continuously exploring new design variations while considering the origin of materials and ways to incorporate education into her projects exemplifies April's innovative approach to her craft. She recognizes the importance of sharing her knowledge with Indigenous youth, emphasizing the significance of passing down artistic practices to future generations.

April Allen's dedication to preserving and sharing her Inuit heritage through her art while inspiring and educating others, particularly Indigenous youth, marks her as a commendable figure in the contemporary artistic landscape.

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CCBC acknowledges that the land on which we work is the unceded shared traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.