Megan Samms

Kwe' kwe'. Teluisi Megan Samms. Ni'n l'nu epi't -- ni'n Mi'kmaw aqq Nlaka'pamux. Wejiey Ketalisksipu, K'taqmkuk. Elitekey, elu'j. Nugumah.

My name is Megan Samms. I am a maker of things, animate things, live textiles. I'm a Mi'kmaw woman living, working and making between Nēhiyaw // Cree, Treaty 8 Territory in Northern Alberta and Taku River Tlingit territory in Northern BC along the Yukon border. I was born and brought up in Ktaqmkuk (or Newfoundland) in Mi'kma'ki. My life and my work are continually and dually inspired by the simple and traditional, by process, exploration and the land.

I am deeply moved by the uncomplicated, honest and time honoured tasks of life. Whether it's cultivating my garden, looking for and reporting wildfires in the boreal forest, tending to honeybees, foraging for medicines and colour, weaving, dyeing, spinning or knitting, I am, each time, brought back to the beauty in such simple but necessary acts of existence.

The practice and long lasting results of handcraft, hardwork, fibre and plant dyes come together as a functional art grounded in usefulness, shelter, beauty and tradition. These are concepts I aim to integrate in my textile work. I am a cloth maker. Elitekey, elu'j.