Erica Joan Donovan

Erica Joan Donovan
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Erica Joan Donovan is an artist from Tuktuuyaqtuuq (Tuktoyaktuk), Inuvialuit Settlement Region, NT. She is currently residing in the Beaufort Delta Region, as a part of the Inuvik artistic community. She was introduced to the art world through her aunt Maureen Gruben, an artist who uses organic and industrial materials to discuss themes of climate change and the rights of Indigenous hunters. Donovan learned the brick stitch technique applied to her jewelry at the Great Northern Arts Festival, held in Inuvik annually.

The colours and designs she uses in her work are personal to her, and she has since then created her own line "She Was A Free Spirit." The line is also known as #shewasafreespirit, recently collaborating with Creations For Continuity, in a now sold out collection.

Her earrings and necklaces are both personal to her and the places that she resides. Some of her creations even include polar bear fur, both hunted and respected by the community. The colours embody the ocean, sky and other natural elements she is surrounded by. Donovan was featured as a vendor at Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto, and in collaboration with Victoria's Arctic Fashion at Paris Fashion Week.

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Inuvik, NT

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Tuktoyatuk, NT

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April 10, 2019 Profile edited by Vanessa Pugliesi