Artists and Designers

Photo by: Nadya Kwandibens / Artist: Celeste Pedri-Spade

Opwaaganasiniing (Red Rock Indian Band) / Canada

Janelle Wawia


Craft / Fashion

Janelle Wawia is a self-taught artist from Opwaaganasiniing (Red Rock Indian Band). Her multidisciplinary work interprets her visions and dreams that surface. Janelle sews custom fur garments and accessories with fur from the trapline, beadwork, and tanned hides. Janelle also upcycles garments knowing fashion’s impact on the environment and wanting to preserve its sustainability and design. Janelle spends a lot of her time on the land, with family on the trapline. Janelle presented at the inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto in 2018 in the New Moon runway showcase.