For Canadian artist Christi Belcourt,
heritage is at the heart of all.
Take, for example, the intricate acrylic florals the artist is known for. Beyond stunning, they’re like little love letters to mother earth, echoing traditional Métis and First Nations beadwork, and paying homage to centuries of cultural customs. Her work has made her a favourite at the National Gallery of Canada. And since her painting Water Song was used in Valentino’s 2016 Resort collection, she’s also become a favourite of the house’s fans, all over the world.
Now, the acclaimed Michif artist and activist has teamed up with Toronto’s ela Handbags, lending her designs to a limited-edition collection, exclusive to Holt Renfrew. "It's like wearing art,” says designer Ela Aldorsson. “With Christi, we took portions from one of her paintings and decided to punch up the vibrancy of the embroidery against the clutch’s black background. It further showcases the beautiful motion and fluidity of her work.”
A portion of sales from each clutch will go towards supporting Belcourt’s other passion: The Onaman Collective. “It’s a community arts group dedicated to the resurgence of Indigenous ways of being and knowing,” Belcourt says. “We bring youth and elders together on the land, for culture, language, and traditional and community arts.” It’s art with heart. What’s not to love?
ela x Christi Belcourt Mini Milck Embroidery Clutch, $395.
“I am not the type to draw sketches, but rather to be guided by my hands and heart,” says French-Canadian ceramist Marie-Eve Dompierre.
That charm is abundant in her work. Hand-painted with 22K gold lacquer and hand-thrown using recycled Canadian clay, her precious organic dishes have all the makings of a dream dinner party. Now the only question is: What’s on the menu?
Dompierre Gold Collection, $25-$35.
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