Born from a student project that combined social innovation, art, fashion, and new dialogues about truth and reconciliation, Otahpiaaki Fashion Week encompasses education, creative programs, and fashion showcases to promote these understandings. This week-long event provides opportunities for participants to interact with emerging Indigenous artists and designers in workshops, events, screenings, and exhibitions.
Meet the exceptional designers who will be showcasing their designs at this year's Otahpiaaki Fashion Week:
Jesse Gouchey has a deep impact on his audience by addressing social issues and using symbols in his visual art. His artistic work ranges from traditional street graffiti to fine art. He draws inspiration from his imagination and creates murals, commissioned pieces, canvas, animation, and photography. Jesse is from the O’Chiese First Nation by Rocky Mountain House area near the Baptiste River.
Angel Aubichon was born and raised in northern Saskatchewan on the Flying Dust First Nation. She was influenced by her mother and grandmother who taught her the art of traditional Indigenous beadwork and embroidery. Angel’s work is influenced with tranquil floral patterns, feminine energy, and whispered stories within each piece.
Brenda Lee Asp’s ancestral background consists of Athabascan and Tlingit cultures. A member of the Crow Clan, her background consists of Northern Tutchone First Nation from the Snag area of the Yukon and Tahltan from Northern B.C. Growing up, she was exposed to the art of leather work, print design, precision machine operation, as well as traditional beading from her community.
Dallas Arcand is a champion hoop dancer as well as motivational speaker and musician from Alexander (Kipohtakaw) Cree Nation. Dallas facilitates workshops for Indigenous peoples of all ages, speaking on topics that range from self-awareness to personal motivation. Dallas has worked with young artists on creative writing and personal recording music and dance.
Derek Jagodzinsky is the founder and designer of LUXX ready-to-wear, a high-end clothing company based in Edmonton. LUXX creates quality and effortlessly chic ready-to-wear fashion for the modern woman. Derek embraces dual perspectives, using inspiration from traditional regalia, transforming his rich heritage into fashion-forward designs.
Banner image: Angel Aubichon / Mosaic image: Derek Jagodzinsky