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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Shay Paul is a multimedia artist and community organizer, residing in Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, within the unceded territory of Secwepemc’ulucw. Born with a passion for art, Shay has seamlessly woven her artistic pursuits with a profound commitment to advocacy work. She practices in a variety of mediums, with a preference for ink, watercolor and degital design. 

 

Beyond the sketchbook, Shay dedicates her time to community initiatives. Volunteering has been a cornerstone of her life. She engages in various circles, with a specific focus into Indigenous food sovereignty and food security research. Organizing workshops, events, and resource initiatives, Shay has become a driving force for positive change within her community as well as outside of it. Having been granted opportunities to work within multiple rural Indigenous communities—Kasabonika Lake FN and Wapakeka FN in Treayt 9 Territory, Ontario, as well as Deh Gáh Got'ı̨ę FN in Treaty 11 Territory, NWT—she has immersed herself in various cultures and taken back valuable lessons and teachings from the people she worked beside.

Shay has extensive experience organizing small to medium sized events and festivals in the Kamloops area, with a specific focus in arts and culture activities.

 

Shay is also the founder of the Indigenous Resurgence Project, a grassroots art collective that works with artists and small businesses to help built their presence in the region and be successful in their craft. 

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The work I do

I have spent much of my life exploring different routes, opportunities, and practices, often being described as a jack-of-all-trades. I enjoy learning about new things, experimenting with different techniques, and challenging myself, which has led to various experiences from different backgrounds.

Below you can view some of my featured work and experinces.

Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Food Security work and research.

Digital and graphic design for websites, social media, and print products.

Web design using web tools for not-for-profit and small business clients.

Traditional and visual art portfolio of my past work.

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