Kirty Bird Beads

Handcrafted Métis jewelry for all nations

Welcome to my shop! Take a look around to see what's available.

Kirstie is an incredibly talented Indigenous artist that creates small-batch, unique, beautiful beaded earrings. They are carefully crafted with love which is reflected in the product and communication from the artist. I love wearing her earrings and get compliments all the time.

Goldie

I'm super happy with my earrings. They are tiny works of art and were made with such care and attention to detail. I can't get over how beautiful they are.

Eugenia

My bead soup earrings are super lovely and colourful and brighten my day. I have worn them every day since! They arrived quickly and came with a lovely personal card.

Michelle

Everything was smooth, simple and speedy! The beading is gorgeous. 

Rachel

In Case You're Wondering...

CAN NON-INDIGENOUS PEOPLE WEAR YOUR EARRINGS?

Yes! Kirty Bird earrings are designed for all nations to wear. 

WHAT'S MY BEST WAY TO SNAG A PAIR?

I have made the switch from Instagram-only sales to this website. I will be sharing photos and sale information regularly on my Instagram, so your best bet is to follow me there @kirtybirdbeads

DO YOU TAKE CUSTOM ORDERS?

Depending on how busy I am, I may take your order or put you on a short waitlist. Please send me an email to kirtybirdbeads@gmail.com or reach out via Instagram.

CARING FOR YOUR KIRTY BIRD EARRINGS:

Please keep in mind that these are handmade and very delicate, fragile pieces made of natural materials, glass and crystal. Please try not to get them wet or leave them out in the sun as there is possibility for colour fade or water damage. When storing, be sure to keep them protected by wrapping them in tissue or placing them in the organza bag provided.

SHIPPING:

Shipping in Canada is FREE for orders over $100. International shipping is $15.

These costs cover bubble mailers, stamps, earring cards, organza bags, time spent packagine, trips to the post office, etc.

Meet the Maker

Kirstie

Métis artist

Hello/ Tánishi/Aaniin!

My name is Kirstie and I am a Wiisaakodewikwe (Métis) artist and creator of Kirty Bird Beads. Nicknamed "Kirty Bird", I grew up without knowledge of my Indigenous ancestry and for the past several years have been on a path of reclaiming my identity as an Indigenous woman. I've worked in the community in a variety of roles including Trauma and Addictions, Community Wellness and Education and its inspired me to create (he)artwork that I can feel proud to wear and share with others.

I learned to bead about a decade ago while working as a Cultural Interpreter with The Métis Nation of Ontario, but didn't take the time and attention that beading requires until COVID-19 hit hard and I needed to keep myself balanced. Over the past year, beading has been good medicine for me and a powerful tool in my early days of sobriety.

I'm grateful that my beading has connected me to my ancestors, to my culture, and with folks from all over Turtle Island. I look forward to developing my skills and sharing my art with you!

If you'd like to see some of my other work please follow me on Instagram @kirtybirdbeads. I have regular updates and giveaways that won't be available on this site.

Thank you/maarsii/miigwetch for your support, it means more than you know.

Kirstie