Original handmade cushion by Nathalie Bertin.
Made as part of the Moccushions Project©:
Stories and tales are a part of childhood. Parents will often tell us a bedtime story as we lay with our heads on our pillows, listening to their soothing voice as we are lulled to sleep. In Anishinaabe and Metis tradition, stories are meant for entertainment but also to instill practical knowledge. Moccasins are another traditional item that warm our feet but also connect us to the earth. During special occasions, we are often gifted new, hand-made moccasins with special beadwork that signifies the event to keep us grounded in life. Tales and traditional dress make up a large part of the Métis culture.
Named the “Moccushion©”, the cushion’s physical construction is based on the Metis moccasin design. What would normally be the vamp is now the top of the cushion which interprets the story with beads. The project serves to introduce the Métis culture through an initial series of eight Moccushions that interpret traditional tales before they are lost with time.
Glass beads, Melton wool, handmade lace doily, moose hide, beaver fur.
30cm x 30cm
Made in 2021