Laska Nerysoo

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Inuvik , NWT

Emerging

Designs by Laska gives me the exact outlet to express my passion for Indigenous art. Being Nihtat Gwich’in, I was raised in between Inuvik and Aklavik. I lived in BC and the Yukon for a number of years to pursue my Esthetician dreams, I soon found myself at home back in the North.

Now, a mother of two wonderfully energetic boys. Creating cute home-felt crafts would stem from my mother’s craft room that she had while I was growing up. Living in a small community you quickly learn who is striving to become an entrepreneur and it excites me to see people give it their all and take that jump. I understand the struggle it is to trust yourself to express the best parts of life. I like to highlight those moments where you can hang a piece of art that brings you right back to that feeling of a new baby in the family, your child’s graduation, marrying your bestfriend, or cheering up a girlfriend who may have needed a push to get through their obstacles. Each piece I create is a collaboration with my clients who have an idea that just hasn’t reached its physical form yet.

I love to create and learn new skills as every piece has its own silent challenges yet beautiful outcomes. I want to thank every person that has acknowledged my small business as you have helped shape my success. It is time for Indigenous artists to break down every wall that has been put in our path and be proud of who we are.
Mahsi Cho.