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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

 
 
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Organic.
Harvested.
Traditional.
Pride.

 

VALUES

Brenda Lee Asp captures her family values, with foundational cultural teachings to bring life to her pieces, made from unique, organic fabrics that feel good on the skin. Brenda Lee Asp produces each piece with pride, in doing so, her pride transfers to every final owner. From the matriarchal influences in her life, Brenda learned the importance of hard work, planning and precision, and utilizing the resources surrounding her.

 
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OWNERSHIP

Each piece of clothing is created with tradition and pride, Brenda utilizes the materials harvested from the land. She uses unique colours rooted in her heritage like salmon and turquoise. She creates styles and shapes that have a modern twist on traditional shapes and styles.

 
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SUPPORTING RECONCILIATION, YOUTH, AND COMMUNITY PROSPERITY

During this era of reconciliation in Canada, the preservation of traditional Indigenous culture and heritage is essential. Brenda Lee Asp recognizes this as a priority and keeps these traditions, protocols, and heritage embedded in her work. Brenda Lee Asp feels the need to give back to the community and share the knowledge that has been passed down to her from her lineage. The time she has facilitating workshops is just about the same as her creation time, nurturing others to achieve their full potential in the art of Indigenous culture and creation.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the 94 Calls to Action specifically calls upon the federal government to ensure the protection, preservation, revitalization, and strengthening of Indigenous languages, and cultures. Brenda Lee Asp contributes to this work of reconciliation in Canada by teaching others and sharing the sacred knowledge passed down from her lineage.


 

THANK YOU

Thank all of those who supported me and helped me in various ways to over the past years, those who helped me get my collections completed and helped to get them to the shows to let the world view the pieces.