Focus on Quillwork with Brenda Lee and Vanessa Dion Fletcher

Date: June 28, 2018
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Join artists Brenda Lee (Cree) and Vanessa Dion Fletcher (Potawatomi and Lenape) as they speak about the networks through which they learned – and are now passing on –  their traditional textile skills. They will share their materials and participants can try basic quillwork techniques.

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Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee is a Plains Cree First Nations woman from the Treaty Six Territory, born and raised in Maskwacis, Alberta. Brenda was fortunate enough to have spent her formative years with her grandmother who taught her how to sew, bead, harvest and learn the traditional teachings. At a young age Brenda learned and developed her interest and skills in these art forms that continue today and she has completed the Native Artisan, Native Cultural​ Arts Instructor, and the Advanced Arts Programs at the Portage College in Lac La Biche, Alberta. Brenda’s focus is on restoring our cultural heritage through the arts, specializing and working primarily within the cultural arts programs. Her artistic process encompasses the lessons of importance and perspective of quality, attention to detail, artistic integrity and creative innovation that set the standard for all the products that she creates and passes onto family, friends and students. Brenda relocated eight years ago and resides in the beautiful Nipissing First Nation located in Ontario and continues to instruct with natural and contemporary materials and is becoming a sought-after Native Artisan who continues to explore her culture through art.


Vanessa Dion Fletcher

Vanessa Dion Fletcher (Potawatomi and Lenape) is engaged in an art practice that includes printmaking, textiles, performance, installation and video. Vanessa has studied traditional quillwork embroidery, with a view to creating new work based on Indigenous languages that includes a personal material language of her own. Her work is held in the Indigenous Art Center Collection in Gatineau, Quebec, and Seneca College. In 2016, Dion Fletcher graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago with an M.F.A in performance. She is the recipient of the Textile Museum of Canada 2017 Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award.