Artists and Designers

Toisnot Skaru:re (Tuscarora), Gullah/Geechee & Seminole /

Carola Jones

Carola Jones (Toisnot Skaru:re (Tuscarora), Florida Seminole & Johns Island Geechee; United States) is an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper and Kokum. She transfers knowledge about historical traditional textile practices followed by Algonquin Southeastern Woodlands people of colour, Jones is a creator of natural dyes from plants, flowers, nuts & roots as medicine on cloth. As a textile artist, she combines machine and hand stitching with hand embroidery on eco-friendly, sustainable plant and animal fibers supporting traditional land-based practices.

Jones is an academically trained fine arts artist with a BFA in Studio Art with concentrations in ceramic sculpture and painting from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Carola is an accomplished art historian and teaching artist in K-12, community college, and university settings, including online instruction. She holds a deep passion for creating colour, and a love for traditional indigenous ways of healing.

As a founding member of the international Seed To Runway Project, she teaches about growing and harvesting local plants and flowers for colour and medicine by reconnecting with ancestral land and developing entrepreneurial skills. She is a studio artist, Pow Wow dancer, working traveler, writer, bundle binder, and storyteller who lives on the First Contact land that witnessed the first indigenous mass massacre at Fort Neyuheru:ke in March 1713 on Contentnea Creek Homeland.