“I was inspired by my Mi’kmaq elders growing up; watching the art that they created from materials gathered from Mother Nature. I strongly believe that all aboriginal people must nurture and preserve their own culture. My hope is that I can pass on the traditional skills I have learned to the next generation of my people. I feel that I am expressing my inner beliefs and values when I make my baskets, as I weave the ash I am also weaving my dream.”
Sandra is from Elsiogtog First Nation which is located near Rexton, New Brunswick. She comes from a large family of Mi’kmaq people who are fluent speakers of their traditional language. She has always been interested in crafts and drawing, as well as the traditional arts of basketry, bead work and quills. In her practice, she takes inspiration from baskets — some from the late 1800’s — and incorporates elements from those into her own work. Sandra’s mentors include Master Basket Makers George Neptune, a Passamaquoddy from Indian Township Maine, and his grandmother, Molly Neptune Parker.
In 2014, Sandra was the regional winner of the BMO 1st Art Invitational Student Competition, and her winning basket was exhibited in Toronto. Sandra currently runs her own business, Woven Dreams.