We are excited to feature the beautiful work of Alaynee Goodwill. Alaynee’s quillwork ranges from jewelry, to hats, objects and hanging art. She keeps the integrity of traditional art processes by using authentic materials and culturally accurate methods. Read on to learn more about her inspiration and thought process!
What inspired you to become a maker?
I come from a family of makers. Generations upon generations of artists, storytellers, composers, poets. I don’t recall anyone in my family that does not create in some way. My family inspires my work. The mentorship, guidance and support inspires everything I do.
What is your favorite piece in your collection and why?
I absolutely love working on hats. The contrast of beads against a rich felt hat is beautiful.
What is something about your heritage that makes you proud?
I love that our way of educating is based on our individual strengths. I love that we can be mentored and encouraged in what ever interests us and we’re not stuck in one box. We are free to learn at our own pace and we’re all taught that we are in important. It’s beautiful.
What is the size range of your pieces?
My jewelry pieces come in a variety of sizes, lengths and widths. Additionally, the jewelry findings are hypoallergenic.