The Making of Moccasins
Justine Woods is a Métis interdisciplinary designer based in Tkaronto in what is now known as Canada. She is from the Georgian Bay Métis Community. Justine is a current Master of Design Candidate at OCAD University, a Manitobah Mukluk Storyboot School Instructor, creator and lead facilitator of The Beading Circle at Ryerson University and a Teaching Assistant at OCAD University. She has a Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design from Ryerson University where she specialized in bespoke tailoring and garment construction. Justine has showcased her fashion work both locally and internationally at Graduate Fashion Week in London, England and is a Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards nominee.
Justine’s artistic practice involves garment-based and textile-based work with focus on Indigenous clothing adornment practices such as beadwork. Her research and design work investigates the ways which fashion can facilitate cultural resurgence, specifically positioned through an Indigenous feminist lens. Her work is greatly informed by her identity as a Métis womxn, her ancestral kinship relations and the deeply rooted relationships she has to her ancestral land and the waterways of Georgian Bay.