My name is Tristen Jenni, I am an Indigenous artist working out of Edmonton, Alberta. Currently I work as a tattoo artist at a local shop, but in my spare time I do custom portraits and work with a variety of mediums. I am also the creator of the piece "Not Invisible" that I created to help raise awareness for MMIWG
As an Indigenous artist my journey with creating feather portraits for MMIWG and their families started with my original piece: "Not Invisible." Seeing the emotional responses to some of my previous works, and desiring a vast impact on something I feel deeply about, I felt that using art might be more widely related to and get others engaged and asking questions. I created this piece to raise awareness for our missing and murdered indigenous women and girls after the loss of one of my cousins and the dismissal of her murderer due to her occupation and the lack of justice indigenous peoples face in our broken system. The loss of my cousin has weighed heavy on my heart for some years and although I can't change the outcome of her misfortune, I want to bring more awareness to issues like this in hopes that we get more people working together to keep our women and girls safe and have justice served appropriately for any who fall victim to violence and abuse.
My first request for a personalized feather came from a man requesting to use my design as a tattoo, I was flattered and then as we spoke he shared his experience of losing his daughter to domestic violence and the lack of justice that he and his family had endured. He went on to ask if I might be able to recreate the feather with an image of his daughter and I was honoured to be tasked with his request. I do not believe that these pieces are to be profited from as they represent something so sacred that was taken from this world too soon and unjustly. No one is ever prepared to lose a loved one and when it happens in such an undignified and cruel way it can sit with us even heavier.
After my first personalized feather, news got out that I was offering the feathers for our MMIWG to all indigenous families regardless of their geo-location and that all I ask is shipping to be covered, I was quickly overwhelmed with requests and also very humbled at the fact that so many families were entrusting me to create these images for their lost loved ones.
All of my proceeds from my design " Not Invisible" go towards the supplies for creating the personalized feathers for our MMIWG2S and their families. I get a request, I create a feather and take a digital copy for my records and ship the original to the immediate family of the victim.
My agent and I are also looking into some foundations that we can donate to on a monthly basis with the funds earned from this design as well. We are just researching at this point as we want to make the right selection because we want the chosen foundation to be one that provides services and housing to our indigenous woman and girls to help them avoid potentially dangerous situations where we may lose more of our women, girls and 2 spirit. (If you know of any such foundations please don't hesitate to drop us a message.)
please message artist for prices on pencil crayon portraits as the listed prices apply to watercolour and pencil.
$210 per one person
$300 per one person in Regalia
*$90 per additional person
*125 per additional person in Regalia
$300 per one person
$400 per one person in Regalia
*$125 per additional person
*150 per additional person in Regalia
$500 per one person
$650 per one person in Regalia
*$125 per additional person
*200 per additional person in Regalia
Portraits can be completed in pencil crayon as well, although those prices vary from the ones listed above. Contact for inquiries.
I am an Indigenous artist from Chakastaypasin band Saskatchewan. I am Plains and Woodland Cree. Art has always been a huge part of my life, from a young age I remember helping my father make regalia and my Kookum with making star blankets. We were always busy creating. I had been blessed to have my father share his knowledge about our cu
I am an Indigenous artist from Chakastaypasin band Saskatchewan. I am Plains and Woodland Cree. Art has always been a huge part of my life, from a young age I remember helping my father make regalia and my Kookum with making star blankets. We were always busy creating. I had been blessed to have my father share his knowledge about our culture. I am truly grateful for my parents and all that they've endured . My father was also always painting, sewing or making regalia along with my Kookum so that probably played a big part in inspiring me to be creative as well.
I use many different mediums, such as clay, sketching, water colour-painting, carving, beading, acrylics, tattooing and more. I explore with as many different mediums as possible and although I specialize in portrait work and tattooing, I find it empowering to find a new medium to excel with every chance I get!
I enjoy spending time in nature and love to experience my culture as I find inspiration there, as well as from life in general. There is always so much going on in peoples lives and I think they forget to stop and really take it in sometimes. When I experience those moments, whether from nature, life experiences, worldly challenges or a f
I enjoy spending time in nature and love to experience my culture as I find inspiration there, as well as from life in general. There is always so much going on in peoples lives and I think they forget to stop and really take it in sometimes. When I experience those moments, whether from nature, life experiences, worldly challenges or a force from within to just create, I take advantage of it and find or make time for myself to really stop. take it in and I let my hands express what my heart is feeling.
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