Randi Nelson is a Secwe̓pemc artist and designer, originally from Williams Lake, British Columbia. Now based in Whitehorse, Yukon, she is celebrated for her distinct artistic style, a product of her upbringing in a family that stressed the importance of harnessing creativity from the natural world.
The jewelry designs that Randi creates are inspired by her love of nature and its beauty. She draws inspiration from the changing seasons, handpicking flowers, berries, and leaves to create unique floral patterns for each piece. The colors of the plants and their shades inform the colors of the beads, gemstones, and hand-dyed caribou hair to ensure a perfect match.
Her work is often in sync with the changing seasons, requiring swift observation to capture and create pieces while the flora is in bloom. This process aids Randi in identifying and studying various plants, appreciating their transient beauty, and developing respect for the knowledge they possess.
In addition to her personal artistic endeavors, Randi is dedicated to teaching others and sharing knowledge. She regularly holds beading circles and workshops. Her work has been recognized and is included in the Yukon Permanent Art Collection and is also owned by art collectors worldwide.
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