@lisa.beading

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guatla - to help

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thank you for supporting my beading practice! funds will go towards my general health and wellbeing.

as a small business of one, i do not have benefits or sick days.  this patreon is my attempt to supplement those needs.  things like massage, salves, pain medicine, accupuncture, taking breaks. these things all come with a cost.  every bit helps! 

ʼuálazkʷíƛ thank you so much for your consideration.

*pls note funds are in USD, unfortunately i cannot change it to cad*
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thank you for supporting my beading practice! funds will go towards my general health and wellbeing.

as a small business of one, i do not have benefits or sick days. this patreon is my attempt to supplement those needs. things like massage, salves, pain medicine, accupuncture, taking breaks. these things all come with a cost. every bit helps!

ʼuálazkʷíƛ thank you so much for your consideration.

*pls note funds are in USD, unfortunately i cannot change it to cad*
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qwetila - to heal

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thank you for supporting my beading practice! funds will go towards my general health and wellbeing.

as a small business of one, i do not have benefits or sick days. this patreon is my attempt to supplement those needs. things like massage, salves, pain medicine, accupuncture, taking breaks. these things all come with a cost. every bit helps!

ʼuálazkʷíƛ thank you so much for your consideration.

*pls note funds are in USD, unfortunately i cannot change it to cad*
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About @lisa.beading

yowtz, lisa kelasu nugwa. geegitsog nugwa, hello my name is lisa I am in beaver clan. I am mixed First Nations (Haisla/British) from Kitimat, BC currently living as an an uninvited guest on the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

After obtaining my BFA in Photography from Emily Carr, I spent almost a decade working for a colonial bureaucratic organization as their “reconciliation” element. It was damaging to my health physically, mentally and spiritually. In early 2019 it became impossible for me to continue this job, and I returned to beading, a skill I learned in my early 20’s from a woman from Six Nations.

Beading became a way for me to untangle trauma, and slowly start to change my path. It is now my main source of income and I do it everyday.

Beading is medicine for me, and is a real attempt towards decolonizing my life. I am learning my language, Haislakala, and use this as inspiration to name my pieces. I often think about the word as I’m beading, repeating it in my head, writing it and it’s meaning on the earring card after. It helps me to really learn words.

For me, beading is about counting, breathing, processing and expressing myself. It now helps me to process intergenerational trauma and resilience, as I can think and reflect on all that is going on inside me that is connected to my Ancestors.

I find so much peace and reflection in beading, but it is also challenging making sure i can access the things i need to keep myself balanced and healthy, as i'm sure we are all feeling these days.  

i started this patreon in the hopes it could alleviate some of the stress i feel when my body is too sore to bead, when my tendons are flaring and hurting, when my various medical conditions which cause chronic pain flare up too much, when i just need time to sit and be.  this is hard to come by as a sole business owner, as i do not have employee benefits, no sick time or days off.  i am hoping this will assist me in sustaining my beading practice for the long term. 

thank you so much for considering me and my well-being!  i am so appreciative of any support, whether it is emotional, encouragement, sharing my work, purchasing, or contributing this way!  i feel so grateful to be here. 

Aixs Gwailas

lisa

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