Deh Gah Gotie Dene / Canada
Craft / Fashion
From Fort Providence, Northwest Territories, Robyn McLeod is of Dene, Métis, and Scottish descent and a member of the Deh Gáh Got’ı̨ę First Nation in the Dehcho region of the NWT. A full-time artist, Robyn works across a wide variety of mediums, including fashion design, traditional Dene art, digital art, moosehide tanning, and mixed media. Robyn has studied fashion at the Blanche Macdonald Centre and Visual Art at SOVA (the Yukon School of Visual Art). In 2019, Robyn was named the Yukon winner of the BMO 1st Art! Competition for her mixed-media piece, Dene Futurisms.
With her sister, Shawna McLeod, Robyn is the co-founder of From the Land Creations. Together, the McLeod sisters create jewellery and art from materials that are sustainably harvested by hunters, trappers, or by Robyn and Shawna themselves. Whether designing garments, creating digital art, or beading, Robyn draws inspiration from her family and culture. Her work is also informed by the resourcefulness and sustainability she learned growing up and living in the North. Robyn currently resides on unceded Kaska territory in the Yukon, where she spends as much time as she can in the mountains or on the river harvesting food and water with her partner and two children.