I'm currently working on a umiak - an inuit kayak traditionally made with whalebone and seal skin and typically used for hunting. It's a beautiful shape. I want to create a piece about Canada - about how I feel about this country and being Canadian. In a few shapes I feel like I've begun to capture my home with simplicity. Though I grew up in the north and though it took me many, many years to feel connected to the west, I still feel that this country is knitted in my bones. I'm proud to come from where I've come from, I'm proud to call this place home. And I'm grateful to live so close to the Rocky Mountains so that I can experience untouched and unbridled nature regularly. I have learned since beginning this piece that the umiak is often referred to as a 'woman's boat' which is especially meaningful for me as I'm currently learning so many new things with a large group of women. How appropriate.