Alaska is freezing cold, Happy New Year!!!

Cold snap

Art comes even during frozen times – Alaska cold has no mercy and our ancestors prepared in every season.

It’s been a busy December and now January is keeping me more busy – taking orders for mostly piluguq or kameksak.

Preparing for high school graduation

Sewing the seal skin soles are unpredictable when they have been wet. They are easy to crimp when wet. I’ve made mistakes and my mind just can’t except the outcome and so the threads unwind. At times a battle defeated;

Crimping involves tight threads and several tools.

I wasn’t satisfied with this sole, I took apart and soaked it overnight. It flattened to original form.

Water does wonders for these mistakes.

I didn’t thin out the edges enough to make it look sharp and so my trusty little uluaq helped me.

I knew the weathered plank would help me some ways.

There are always adjustments needed to fit a person’s needs. I added some design to widen these kameksak.

I was happy with the result, only because I’ve seen the design in my parent’s matching piluguq.

Special orders comes in many forms and sizes. Relatives from Kwethluk sent their precious crafts to sew in the soles. I was honored to sew them on.

Child piluguq

I hear myself think, “I hope they fit these.”

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a wonderful Happy New Year!

Quyana Agayun!!