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duffle, fabric, seal skin, textile

Artistic Community:

Hopedale, NL

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.




Andrea Flowers is a craftswoman from Hopedale, Nunatsiavut, and one of the few artists who knows how to make the labour-intensive black-bottom sealskin boots from start to finish. For decades she has made these beautiful and waterproof boots out of seals caught by her husband and sons. In addition to working with seal and hide, Flowers likes to sew, crochet and knit. She learned knitting as a young woman and watched her mother sew growing up, but it wasn’t until Flowers moved to Hopedale in 1952 that she really developed her skills as a seamstress. She also does minimal beadwork on the mitts, slippers and boots she makes, sometimes collaborating with another local artist, Sarah Jensen, who is well known for her slippers and beautiful beadwork, or with her talented granddaughters.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Creating art connects young artist with her grandmother February 2, 2017
SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut 2017 Heather Igloliorte
Northern Highlights & Collectors Choice 2015 Bob Simms


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut Feb 16 - May 20, 2019 Mackenzie Art Gallery
SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut May 26 - Oct 14, 2018 Winnipeg Art Gallery
SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut Jun 17 - Sept 10, 2017 Art Gallery of Nova Scotia


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Recipient of the 2017 Advancement of Women Award September 2017 Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Inuit Woman of the Year 2013 Nunatsiavut Status of Women

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September 12, 2017 Created by: Heather Igloliorte Edited by: Inuit Art Foundation