Inspired by traditional Metis floral beadwork & specifically to Metis artist Christie Belcourt's acrylic dot art paintings.
These flowers are made with olive green and pearly white seed beads. They are dangling earrings on nickel-free kidney hooks, sewn onto recycled black leather.
Size: Approximately 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm. Extremely lightweight.
Care: Please keep in mind that these are handmade and very delicate, fragile pieces made of natural materials, glass and crystal. When storing, be sure to keep them protected by wrapping them in tissue or placing them in the organza bag provided.
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.
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!
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.
The earrings just arrived and they are even prettier in person! All my girlfriend could say was "wow". Thank you!
Can non-Indigenous people wear your earrings?
Yes, absolutely, Kirty Bird earrings are designed for all nations to wear. It is important to our community that our friends and allies support Indigenous made, not Indigenous inspired. By purchasing from Kirty Bird Beads, you are directly supporting an artist of Métis ancestry.
How can I get 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 if you'd like to follow along, follow me @kirtybirdbeadwork
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss!
Sustainability and Environmental Considerations:
As a Métis woman, it’s very important to me to respect and protect our land for future generations. When I source my materials, such as leather for the backing of my earrings, I go treasure-hunting in scrap bins and am able to use up little pieces that may have otherwise been thrown away. I also use recycled household cardboard as a stabilizer in my earrings to help them hold their shape.
Another project I am really proud of is my collection of best selling “bead soup" stud earrings. When creating these pieces, I am able to utilize small pieces of felt, leather, leftover thread and miscellaneous beads to create something beautiful, being mindful of protecting the earth.
Lastly, I am active in the Toronto Bunz community where locals barter and exchange household goods. Whenever possible, I try to reuse and repurpose materials from outdated or broken pieces to create something beautiful.
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.
Canada-wide shipping is free for orders $100+ & International shipping is $16. Unfortunately, tracked shipping is unavailable at this time.
Please note that these costs cover bubble mailers, stamps, earring cards, organza bags, time spent packaging, trips to the post office, etc.
Returns & Lost Orders:
Unfortunately at this time, I am unable to process returns or take responsibility for (untracked) parcels that get lost in the mail. As of February 2020, I have yet to have any packages not make their final destination, including to the USA and Europe.
Thank you for your understanding.
The woman behind the beads
My name is Kirstie and I am a mixed Indigenous (Métis)/settler artist and creator of Kirty Bird Beadwork. Nicknamed "Kirty Bird", I grew up without knowledge of my Indigenous ancestry and for the past decade have been on a path of understanding my family's complex history. I've worked in community in a variety of roles including Trauma and Addictions, Community Wellness and Education and it has 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 I didn't feel called to beadwork until the COVID-19 pandemic forced me to find a creative and therapeutic outlet. Over the past year, beading has been good medicine for me and a powerful tool in my early days of sobriety.
I am endlessly 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 @kirtybirdbeadwork. I have regular updates and giveaways on there that won't be available on this site.
Thank you for your support, it means more than you know!