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Bead by bead: Native Studies grad finds connection and business opportunities in her passion for beading – UAlberta

by ahnationtalk on August 20, 2019118 Views

August 19, 2019

How education and land-based learning inspired Jessica Sanderson-Barry’s unique designs

Jessica Sanderson-Barry always loved beading, and hoped to turn that passion into a business opportunity, but found she never had much success making a living off her work.

“I was beading flat back pieces, and I found that it was really hard to position myself as a business and be successful because this style of beading was so readily available. So I got to thinking, ‘ok this is not working for me, maybe I need to find my own way and create some unique pieces,’” she said.

Setting out to find her own way, Sanderson-Barry enrolled in the Faculty of Native Studies and, in 2017, was one of 14 students accepted into the Wahkohtowin summer intensive land-based course offered jointly by the faculties of Native Studies and Law.

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