ABOUT THE ARTIST

 

       What ties all of these endeavours together is the passion that Shay has for encouraging the resurgence of indigenous cultures and practices, and how that can improve the state of indigenous livelihoods across Canada.

       Shay Paul is a contemporary artist and graphic designer living in Tk’emlups te Secwepemc. She has been active in the arts since she was in elementary school, studying in a variety of disciplines, but choosing drawing and painting as her favourite medium.

       When she’s not creating art, she is volunteering her time in various circles to better indigenous livelihoods. From organizing workshops, events, and resources, to travelling and working inside Indigenous communities, Shay has spent the last number of years expanding her connections and experience to be able to continue to provide support in any way possible. 

       Along with her studies, she's been granted the opportunity to work in two rural Oji-Cree communities, Kasabonika Lake First Nation and Wapakeka First Nation in Ontario, and Deh Gáh Got'ı̨ę First Nation in NWT, residing on Treaty 11 and traditional Dene territory. 

        She is now the acting Project Director and facilitator for the grassroots art collective, the Indigenous Resurgence Project, and is working with community partners to provide educational arts and culture workshops within the Kamloops area.

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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.