Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanks to Turtle Concepts for fashion show at Rogers Centre

I wish thanks Turtle Concepts for including Koous Collection in their fashion show line up at the annual Rogers Centre Canadian Aboriginal Festival! I am delighted to have included my daughter and her pal in the show to share some of children's outfits in the Koous Collection. Only the white Killer whale dress is for sale in this post~size 8-12 priced at $75.00

Pow-Wow Appearance for Koous Collection

A wonderful opportunity to share my Koous Collection at the Canadian Aboriginal Festival at the Toronto Rogers Centre allowed for my daughter and her friend to model in front of hundreds of people! What was delightful about this fashion show is the models were all sizes and it was the first time I had seen all my designs showcased at one time!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Northern Styles hosted a cultural event in Edmonton recently and featured a few of my Koous Collection original fashion designs. The blue Mandarin style dress to the left is a size 8-10.

This dress has a native style print fabric for the bodice and a matching native print stripe down the left side of the dress. Zipper in the back with a white fringe accent. This dress is priced at $200.00

Photo courtesy of Brad Crowfoot.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Northern Styles represents Koous Collection in Edmonton, AB.

Northern Styles has recently returned from Edmonton, AB and represented a sample of my Koous Collection original fashion designs. This wrap-around Mandarin style dress with a hand-made fringe is appliquéd west coast influenced peacock feathers. Because of the unique wrap-around option, this dress can fit a number og different sizes ranging from size 8-12. This dress is priced at $200.00.

Photo courtesy of Brad Crowfoot ~ click here to see more of his photography.

Koous Collection returns from Edmonton, AB!

These White satin pants are appliquéd with west coast U-shapes. Zipper in the back and accented with shell style buttons on the pant cuff. Size 8-10 and priced at $90.00

Photo courtesy of Brad Crowfoot.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ontario Arts Council Professional Development Support

I want to take a moment to acknowledge and offer a heartfelt thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for the Access and Career Development grant to advance my skills as an aspiring Aboriginal Fashion designer.

Access and Career Development is a new Ontario Arts Council (OAC) program that supports Ontario-based Aboriginal arts professionals and arts professionals of colour. The program will fund professional development and skill-building opportunities that advance the applicants’ artistic work and careers. In keeping with its strategic plan, Stability and Strength, the OAC is committed to reflecting the cultural diversity and Aboriginal identity of the province through its programs. The OAC also recognizes that there continue to be systemic barriers for arts professionals of colour and Aboriginal arts professionals. Part of the solution is the launch of Access and Career Development to support the cultural diversity of Ontario’s arts sector.

For more information and details on application eligibility and submission dates click here to see their website. Take control of your dreams and follow your heart and see what happens with opportunities like the one the Ontario Arts Council supported me with.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


As mentioned below... to see more of Jerri Sixkillers wonderful Walk-N-Beauty Shoes, go to her website and order online today!

Koous Dress

This is one of my dress designs inspired by a dress originally made by Tseshaht Designer Joyce Mahima Little.
In the spirit of my name, AyAy Qwa Yak Sheelth meaning One who gives away and still stands tall, I traded this dress with Jerri Sixkiller (shown here) for a pair of her hand-beaded Walk-N-Beauty shoes. To see her brilliant collection of modern shoes go to www.walknbeauty.com and support her marketing strategy to donate part of the shoe sale proceeds to initiatives to stop violence against women!