Artists & Vendors
Carla Voyageur, Maxmuwidzumga
Carla is of Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw and Nisga'a ancestry. Maxmuwidzumga is the traditional name that roughly translates to “leaves a part of herself wherever she goes - her essence, her wisdom” from the Kwak'wala language. She was raised immersed in the richness of the Kwakwaka’wakw language, culture, values and traditions.
Carla lives on the traditional unceded territory of the K'omoks and Pentlatch tribes and is a Kwak'wala instructor at the North Island College.
We are excited to have Carla join the Wildflowers & Co. family and this month's featured vendor!
Cheryl (Morgan) Gregory
Cheryl's Trading Post
Cheryl’s Trading Post is an independent Native family owned, operated, and staffed business selling authentic handmade Native art. We focus primarily on local Northwest Coast Native Art. We also have products from across Canada and the United States, as well as Mexico, and Central and South America. The artists we work with are traditional people that practice their cultures and fulfill their responsibilities. The artists, the staff, and ourselves deserve to be compensated fairly for our work. And our customers deserve the highest quality work at the most reasonable prices possible. We are working to make this a positive experience for everyone.
Cheryl (Morgan) Gregory is a Gitxsan woman born on the Skeena River. She grew up living a traditional lifestyle of hunting, fishing and gathering on her traditional territory. She is member of the Killer Whale Clan, and of the House of Woosimlaxha. Her family on both sides is of the line of Hereditary Chiefs. Her mom holds the name Woosimlaxha. The name has been passed down through her family matrilineally since time immemorial.
Cheryl earned an Associate of Arts in Indigenous Government Studies, a Native Family and Community Counseling certificate, a Business Administration diploma, and a Master of Neurolinguistic Programming. She has worked in various administrative positions in the Native and Women's Communities.
Cheryl is a dedicated mother, wife, and stepmother. She is also active supporting her larger family and community.
Erin & Jesse Brillon
Totem House Designs
Totem Design House began as a family collaboration between brother and sister creative team Jesse & Erin Brillon. The Brillons are of Haida and Cree ancestry and have grown up in deep appreciation of their rich cultural heritage. Raised on the Northwest Coast of BC to a commercial fishing family, the two were raised on the Pacific Ocean. Being grounded in nature and in their culture, the two have been inspired and influenced by the art of their people. Jesse, having been taught by some of the great carvers and jewellers, has been carving museum quality jewelry for the last decade. Jesse provides the bold Haida motif while Erin, develops the garment design and color combinations to enhance the striking Haida totem animal designs in fresh new ways.
In 2015 Andy Everson joined the TDH team, which features the exclusive Andy Everson Collection. Erin & Andy have since built a new home and studio with showroom on Andys traditional K'omoks First Nation territory in Comox BC. Primarily operating as a production facility, also offering a showroom that is open by appointment.
Jaimie Davis is a Gitx̱san & Nisga'a artist, cedar weaver, jewelry designer, sculptor and painter. Her Gitx̱san name is Xbiyee which translates to, "Infront of the village walking, cawing like the crow" and belongs to the Laxskiik (eagle) clan, house of Sakhum Hiigookh.
Jaimie began as a cedar weaver in 2003 learning under Haida weaver Victoria Moody before launching her business in cedar woven jewelry design in 2013. She was the Artist in Residence at the Anhluut’ukwsim Laxmihl Angwinga’asanskwhl Nisga’a (Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provinical Park, Visitor Info Center) during the summers of 2014 and 2015 as a cedar weaver and jewelry designer and then later went on to attend the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast art, Coast Mountain College in 2016.
Jaimie graduated the 3 year Advanced Diploma program, learning traditional wood sculpture and design under the instruction of Dean Heron and master carvers Dempsey Bob, Ken McNeil and Stan Bevan while also taking business courses in her 3rd year as well as jewelry engraving under Arlene Ness. She graduated in 2019 with honours at the top of her class and was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for outstanding achievement in her art and business studies.
Jamie Gentry Designs
Jamie is a Kwakwaka’wakw designer who grew up immersed in culture and surrounded by talented artists. Her whole life she was drawn to the arts, music, dance, drawing, painting, and particularly drawn to working with her hands, whether it was sewing, beading or weaving.
For as long as Jamie can remember she have wanted to make moccasins. However it wasn’t until she moved to Sooke that she was able to find a teacher and from that day forward she hasn't stopped.
Her goal is to create meaningful connections through moccasin making. When we connect with the maker and the product, we are more likely to hold that product closer to us, and it is less likely for that product to end up in a landfill. Jamie hopes to contribute a meaningful product to the world, build connections, and share culture.
Each pair of moccasins is custom made. No hides are cut until Jamie knows who the moccasins are for. This way she can put thoughtful, specific intentions into each pair, for every individual.
Jamie makes traditional, custom made moccasins for modern day living. Her focus is on style, comfort, and durability with an emphasis on sustainability. Each pair is cut, beaded, sewn, carved by hand and infused with love making each pair unique.
From her heart to your sole.
Leigh Joseph, Styawat
Sḵwálwen (skwall - win) is an Indigenous business creating small batch botanical skin care products. Honouring traditional Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) plant knowledge, they incorporate wild harvested plants and organic, high quality ingredients. Their wild plant ingredients are harvested in a sustainable and respectful way and each product has a Squamish name to honour the place where this plant knowledge comes from.
Styawat, Leigh Joseph is an ethnobotanist, researcher, and community activist from the Skwxwú7mesh Nation. Leigh aims to contribute to cultural knowledge renewal in connection to Indigenous plant foods and medicines. Wherever possible Leigh draws on teachings learned from family and community members that are connected to Indigenous plants and the land.
Creating any Sḵwálwen product begins with time spent on the land — forests, estuaries, or subalpine meadows — to harvest plant foods and medicines. Using Squamish cultural teachings, Leigh approaches the natural world gently and respectfully, harvesting with techniques that are ethical and sustainable. (Learn more about this stage here.)
Once the plants are harvested it’s time to process them. This usually includes scraping bark, cleaning, hanging to dry, infusing in oil and more. After processing, it’s time to create! Leigh loves this part — developing each recipe, pairing particular plants based on their healing properties with the highest quality oils, clays and plant butters. (Her five-year-old daughter calls these her “potions”.) Leigh makes every product herself and bottles and labels them by hand.
Each handmade batch of Sḵwálwen products is made with care and intention, bringing you luxurious skincare products free from harsh chemicals, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic colors and parabens.
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Andy Everson Designs
Andy Everson was born in Comox, BC in 1972 and named Na̱gedzi after his grandfather, the late Chief Andy Frank of the K’ómoks First Nation. Andy has also had the honour of being seated with the ‘Na̱mg̱is T̓sit̓sa̱ł'walag̱a̱me' name of Ḵ̓wa̱mxa̱laga̱lis I'nis. Influenced heavily by his grandmother, he has always been driven to uphold the traditions of both the K’ómoks and Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw First Nations. In this regard, Andy has pursued avenues where he can sing traditional songs and perform ceremonial dances at potlatches and in a number of different dance groups, most notably the Le-La-La Dancers, the Gwa'wina Dancers and the K’umugwe Dancers.
Pursuing other areas of traditional culture has also led Andy to complete a Master’s degree in anthropology. Because the K’ómoks First Nation lies on the border between the larger Salish and Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw realms, his thesis focused on notions and expressions of contemporary Comox identity. His work in anthropology provided him with a background in linguistics which subsequently inspired him to create a company, Copper Canoe, Inc, that specialized in the creation of Aboriginal language media.
Andy feels that his artwork stands on par with these other accomplishments. Although he began drawing Northwest Coast art at an early age, Andy's first serious attempt wasn’t until 1990 when he started designing and painting chilkat-style blankets for use in potlatch dancing. From these early self-taught lessons, he has tried to follow in the footsteps of his Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw relatives in creating bold and unique representations that remain rooted in the age-old traditions of his ancestors. The ability to create and print most of his own work has allowed Andy to explore and express his ancestral artwork in a number of contemporary ways.
Wildflowers & Co. Behind the Scenes
Felicia Greekas Communications & Design | Felicia Greekas Photography
Felicia Greekas is a Kwakwaka’wakw woman, mother of three, and professional creative who specializes in communications, design, and photography. She has extensive experience in brand development, web and social media management, and content creation with the capacity to translate complex ideas into messages that reach diverse audiences.
Felicia has worked with a range of small businesses and large Indigenous organizations to co-develop a distinct brand, digital media, and communications approach. Felicia uses an inspired approach woven with creativity and innovative tools to support and develop meaningful communications.
Felicia has a passion for cedar bark weaving and photography and believes in the power of visual storytelling that engages multi-generational audiences and collectively ignites the action required to create the transformative change our planet so desperately requires. She celebrates and uplifts the people in her life, while lending her voice to shed light on important social justice issues.
Felicia supported the Wildflowers & Co. team with web design and photography.