Jaymie Campbell is Anishnaabe from Curve Lake First Nation in Ontario. She was born in Jasper, Alberta, and since has lived in parts of BC, Ontario and Alberta. Jaymie also works with Indigenous communities on consultation, negotiation and protection of land.
In 2015, Jaymie launched her own small business, White Otter Design Co., to incorporate her love of traditional Indigenous artistry with contemporary fashion and décor. Artists run in Jaymie’s family, and it is an important connection to her ancestry.
Jaymie’s work is inspired by her Anishnaabe heritage, but is also influenced by the time she has spent with the Cree people of the Rocky Mountains. She owes great gratitude to the Cree elders who have taught and continue to teach the old ways which inspire much of the work. Jaymie wants to inspire young people to know you can be athletic and artsy, scientific and spiritual, and warrior and an artist.
White Otter strives to use authentic materials in all of the work. Much of the material is sourced from the local communities, though Jaymie puts a strong focus on learning the traditional skills in order to use them in her work and pass them down to future generations. Jaymie hopes to use White Otter to help spread knowledge about Indigenous art, issues and traditions. She is currently a StoryBoot Artist for Manitobah Mukluks and a Collective Artist with BYellowtail.
Chi-Miigwech. Thank you.