Lillian Chevrier

Lillian Chevrier
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Lillian Putulik Chevrier is an artist based in Montreal, QC, who is best known for her beaded hoops. A mainstay of her practice is community and belonging; she uses beading to connect with and feel pride in her culture and Indigenous culture more generally, as well as to take part in the beading community online. Putulik sells her work under the Instagram handle @lilbeadwork.

Putulik took up beading in June of 2020. The timing coincided with her graduation from school and the onset of COVID, meaning she suddenly had more time to focus on art and was looking for a passion project to take on. She had been following the beading community online, but it was a Texas beader that she became friends with who encouraged her to start beading herself and selling her work. “She gave me that push to not be afraid and not have imposter syndrome,” says Putulik. [1]

Her work incorporates a slew of varied pop culture references, from portraits of Bob’s Burgers characters, Nintendo’s Kirby or The Office’s “Prison Mike,” to beaded avocado slices, the Pepsi logo and much more. “I grew up around a lot of film and media,” says Putulik, adding that her focus in school was on arts, literature and communications. She particularly enjoys mixing media with different mediums, bringing in elements of the natural world. Sometimes this means surrounding her pop culture references with floral motifs, and sometimes it means incorporating natural materials like porcupine quills, shells, caribou fur and sealskin into her designs, when she is able to access them. Putulik frequently trades with her circle of artist friends in Montreal to get sealskin and other harvested materials for use in her designs. These same friends serve as inspiration for her: “they motivate me to push myself further into my beading journey and not be scared of creating whatever I’d like.”

Although she is well-known for her beaded hoops, Putulik also creates a range of lanyards, necklaces, keychains and popsockets, in addition to beaded portraits. In her custom commissioned work, Putulik likes to spend time talking with her customers about their life and then pick beads and stones for them that signify important events. After two years of being intimidated by the technique, she taught herself how to do the brick stitch and to create beaded fringe—her next goal is learning the peyote stitch and beginning to incorporate more sealskin elements into her designs with patches, pendants and backings. In the future, she hopes to use her beading business to connect with even more communities online.

This Profile was made possible through support from RBC Emerging Artists.

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About Lillian Chevrier



Artistic Community:

Montreal, QC

Date of Birth:

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