Stormy Bradley is a Crow Clan member of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and lives in Dawson City, Yukon. Her work is centred around conversations about Indigenous femininity, power and resilience.
Exposed to art all of her life, Stormy began reconnecting with her artistic heritage after attending the Adӓka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon. Witnessing the beauty and variety of Indigenous artwork presented in the Adӓka gallery, Stormy was inspired to begin sewing.
She first learned to bead from an Elder at the Skookum Jim Harvest Camp - an annual event bringing together her community to build relationships with each other and the land. Stormy works from a nature-inspired palette and is informed by the Yukon flora, fauna and landscape, particularly in and around Chu Niikwan (Yukon River). Use of locally sourced furs and hides support Stormy’s journey to connect with her culture and express her pride as an Indigenous woman.
Major themes in Stormy’s work respond to the strength of Indigenous women, reclaiming and destigmatizing Indigenous sexuality and critiquing misogyny in mass media. Her role as a mother has strongly influenced the introduction of gender equality into her work and she regards her daughter as a major source of inspiration.
Stormy has attended the foundation year program at the Yukon School of Visual Arts in Dawson City. She was featured as Artist in Residence at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. She hosts popular beading workshops and her work is for sale at Unorthodox Yukon. Stormy participated in a group show titled Strength and Sexuality: A Resurgence of Indigenous Self-Expression at Arts Underground in Whitehorse in 2021.
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