Inuk is an Inuvialuit Master Caribou Hair Tufter and Multidisciplinary Designer
(Photograph by Lenora Barrett Photography, Yellowknife, NT Canada - Inuk is holding a sustainably harvested arctic ring seal)
Inuk is the creator and multidisciplinary designer behind the social media brand Inuk360, and you can now purchase some of her creations here on Proudly Indigenous Crafts & Designs website.
Inuk, was born, raised and continues to live in the Northwest Territories (NT), Canada.
Inuk's artistic journey, began in the spring of 1990 as a caribou hair tufter. As any new artist Inuk, was unsure of her ability to become a “Master Tufter”, but aspired to reach that level. She is a self taught tufter. Learning to tuft on her own, helped her find, develop and hone her own tufting skills, which led to her own distinctive style of caribou hair tufting.” In the NT moose hair tufting is known as one of the traditional crafts from the Fort Providence area, which was dying out when Inuk started tufting in 1990. As, she tufted, she began to revive and successfully help bring tufting back out of the shadows and in to the fine art category. Inuk has taught thousands of people around the world. With each caribou hair tufting, lesson/demonstration she helped preserve a piece of the Northwest Territories heritage, one tuft at a time. As you view her art, you'll see her love of creating, the utmost care in quality and originality in each creation; which you will enjoy for years to come. With continual perseverance, determination and hard work, Inuk became known as and is a “Master Tufter”, in which she proudly, yet humbly accepts this acknowledgment.
As years go by, Inuk’s ability to work with many textiles by hand has flourished and there are no obstacles that she can’t overcome, one stitch at a time.
Inuk supports and donates some of her Inuk360 creations to fundraisers for many indigenous grass roots organizations, and she is a strong advocate for promoting a violence, drug and smoke free life style.
Inuk is a huge advocate for the use of sustainably harvested arctic furs; such as seal and hides; such as traditionally tanned moose hide and musk ox leather, which she turns in to one of a kind pieces of wearable art, her Inuk360 creations span around the globe, which is a great accomplishment for an Inuvialuit, born in a small Dene settlement, in the Nahendeh area of The Northwest Territories, Canada.
A note from Inuk:
“It all starts with a dream and no matter what life throws at you, learn to adjust, pivot and adapt to continue to live your dreams. I hope that by being a trail blazer, change maker, and leading by example, that someday, someone will see my life’s work and think, wow, if Inuk could do that, so could I and then live their own dreams and blaze their own trails.”