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Vivianne Ouellet-Sheshamush


Visual Arts:
Paintings | Digital Art, Face & Body Painting
Traditional & Contemporary:
Beadwork
Location: Whapmagoostui
Website: https://www.instagram.com/vsheshamush/

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Short description of your art.

I am a 3rd generation beader living in Whapmagoostui, Quebec. Often using traditional materials and skills in a contemporary setting. I create artwork in all kinds of mediums; face and body painting, acrylic paints and digital. What I create is deeply inspired by my love for my Cree and Inuit heritage.

Where did you learn your art?

I learned the basics on Beadwork from my mother and grandmother, who both had been beading since before I was born. I adapted it to fit my personal style and learn a lot from creating personal projects as well as commissions. For my artwork, I am entirely self taught. Learning through experimentation and challenging myself by accepting commissions. I started by face and body painting, then moved onto acrylic and digital media's.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I take a lot of inspiration from the gorgeous landscapes of our remote community in Northern Quebec. I love playing with color and adding traditional aspects to my work. For my beadwork, I love honoring our elders and using a lot of "gookum" elements. Creating unique pieces that feel glamorous as well as comforting.

Do you sell your work? If so, how?

I accept commissions through my Instagram page and sell finished pieces during local community events. I also have a redbubble shop, under the name of vsheshamush. Where I have uploaded original artwork. I do not make any of the products from there, I only the supply the design.

Please provide any information on your buyers.

Occasionally I do custom orders, however, I do not do exact remakes. Buyers will always get one of a kind items. You can reach me through my Instagram page for inquiries.