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ROCKY MOUNTAIN DESIGNS

Rocky Mountain Designs creates one of a kind ribbon jackets, ribbon skirts & more! Entirely self taught, I was inspired by the legacy of my late aunt Doris McDonald and late grandma, Marie McDonald.

I remember looking at YouTube tutorials for the basics of sewing. I would practice on small pieces of fabric and found old shirts around my house to work on straight lines. My late aunt and grandma’s crafts included, sewing, quilting, painting and beadwork. I admired them for continuing and practicing their art through illness and challenging times.

After my aunts passing in 2019, I often looked back on her Instagram and that is what inspired me to sew. I wanted to do something different, so, I began working with ribbon and jean jackets.

Once Covid-19 hit, I ran out of jackets during the lockdown. I was bored quickly and taught myself how to make ribbon skirts. They became popular and in 2020 I made over 80 skirts that were shipped across Canada and even the United States. Additionally I was approached by the ‘Bearhead Sisters’ to make matching skirts for them to be on the cover of their next album.

My biggest project yet, was making over 600 reusable face masks for Aseniwuche Winewak’s Nation Covid-19 care packages. They were safely distributed to Aseniwuche members in December of 2020.