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Remnants and more art by Amber Boyd

Remnants, 2021
25 x 25.5 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
Mixed Media (Caribou hair
deer antler
moosehide
6 HBC blanket scraps
wolf willow seeds
aspen branches
1 Pendleton blanket scrap)

Traces of our past are all around us, in our histories, culture, traditions, education, language, families, and relationships. Each piece is only a small part of the story about who we are, both as an individual and a community. Remnants are not just what is left behind but are the pieces that create a picture of who we are today. 

This tapestry is layered with the texture and colour of six HBC blanket remnants graciously shared by other capote designers within the Métis community. Constructed of blanket scraps, fallen branches, naturally shed antler, caribou hair, and end-of-season wolf willow seeds, the depicted scene of the wild rose is intended to show we all grow in our own way and are more than the individual pieces that make up the picture.

AMBER BOYD
Métis Nation of Alberta

Amber is a Métis artist and writer who resides in Cochrane, Alberta, with her two children and husband. When she received her first sewing machine at the age of seven, she learned to sew, and her aunt taught her embroidery work shortly after that. Over the years, she’s sketched, painted, and embroidered works of art but eventually gravitated toward the pen and began writing. She is currently working toward her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and is a number one Amazon best-selling author. While she has a passion for storytelling, she still finds time to bead, draw, sew, and paint whenever she can.



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