Hope everyone is having a great week! March break is fast approaching in my neck of the woods. Does anyone have any plans with their kids for March / Spring break? I'm terrible at planning activities, I always seem to wait until the last minute. We've had a few icky viruses in the last little while. Hopefully my household will be healthy, so we can get out of the house. :)
Today I'm bringing you the third installment of my Portrait of a Creative series, with the lovely Michelle Beauséjour. She is the owner and designer behind Boutique Beauséjour. Her designs are rooted in nature, with a twist of minimalist, abstract and realistic. She has some truly beautiful pieces in her shop!
Here is Michelle's Story.
For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be an artist. Even as a kid when people would ask me what I want to be when I grow up I would always burst out “an artist”! Of course I know that is a pretty broad spectrum and I spent many years trying out everything from drawing to painting, sculpting and sewing.
It really wasn’t until around 2011 that I started really to think about what I wanted to focus on. I get a lot of my inspiration from my culture (I’m Métis with a mix of Kahniakehake [Mohawk], Mi'kmaq & French). Growing up I was not able to learn too much about my origins but it wasn’t until a few years after my Grandmother’s (Mother’s side) death that we found out she was part of the North American stolen generation. I then understood why we never really learned much of my family’s origins.
With this I’ve decided to focus on nature and Eastern Woodlands styles and turn it into wearable art as a way to live and learn my culture with pride the way so many stolen children were unable to.
What is your favorite part of your creative process?
My favorite part of the creative process is taking my sketches and translating that onto birch bark. It’s great working with a medium taken straight from its natural source. The trial and error of preserving leaves and flowers in resin also poses a challenge since you never know if the resin will discolour what you are working with. One time I was working with a really pretty purple flower that happened to turn transparent yellow after the resin process!
Are there any people in particular that have helped or inspired your work?
I’ve been extremely lucky in the past year meeting so many great people in Montréal and having built such a wonderful support group of friends and fellow Etsy sellers. My boyfriend is my biggest support and keeps me sane when working through artists block and he also feeds me coffee in the mornings haha!