About the Artist
Adrienne Larocque is a Nehiyaw Iskwew- Plains Cree Woman - from Louis Bull one of the Maskwacis Four Nations located in Alberta (Treaty 6 Territory).
She would like to acknowledge that she has been fortunate to live, work and create on the unceded and traditional territories and homelands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.
Adrienne designs contemporary Indigenous beadwork and jewelry through her business Kihew and Rose blending traditional techniques and materials in a modern way. She has been a maker her entire life and started with hand-sewing doll clothes which eventually lead to learning pattern-making throughout her formative years. Though she learned the art of beading a little later in life than some of her contemporaries, she has focused her talents on beadwork and designing jewelry with passion. Her body of work spans from commissions for special occasions such as weddings and graduations to designing jewelry for everyday wear.
Adrienne is on a lifelong journey of reclaiming her culture, and her beadwork is central to this journey. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Native Studies with Honours from the University of Alberta, and has a Fashion Design Diploma from the Blanche Macdonald Institute. She wishes to create safe spaces to pass on her knowledge and help others develop their skills as she believes that everyone can create beautiful beadwork.