Brenda Lee Asp, born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon and Telegraph Creek, British Columbia, has a diverse ancestral background. A member of the Crow Clan, Brenda’s background consists of Northern Tutchone First Nation from the Snag area of the Yukon and Tahltan from Northern B.C. Brenda’s lineage consists of Athabascan and Tlingit cultures, and her European ancestry is German and Swedish.
Brenda’s calling as a visual artist began as a child with her mother Elizabeth Nieman; her grandmothers Thelma Norby (nee Edzerza), and Anges Nieman (Nee Jack) and numerous aunts. These influential women inspired Brenda to learn the art of custom clothing and concepts of print design that lead her down the path to graduate from the Blanche MacDonald Centre in Vancouver, and receive her Fashion Design Diploma in 2010. Brenda can still feel the spirits of these women in the moments when she’s creating.
"Growing up I recall harvesting salmon from the Stikine River in B.C. We spent time on the land in the Yukon picking berries, wild mushrooms and cooking by the campfire while enjoying a cup of campfire tea; enjoying the land whenever we could. Harvesting and using materials from the land and earth elements creates the backdrop for my artwork, prints, jewelry, and designs."
-Brenda Lee Asp