Jake (Jacqueline) Freeman (she/her) is a Michif artist who was raised in the birthplace of her Métis Nation, Treaty 1 territory in what is now known as Winnipeg.
Jake has just moved to Nex̱wlélex̱m (Bowen Island, BC) which is unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples (Skwxwú7mesh, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations). Jake hopes to continue to create unique pieces inspired by nature in her new surroundings.Her late mother (Lorraine) was the co-founder and past president of the Métis Culture and Heritage Resource Centre, so Jake was very fortunate to grow up knowing where her Michif roots come from. Some of her family lines include Fleury, Pritchard, Delorme, and Grant.
Jake is primarily a self-taught contemporary artist working with many media; paints, beads, leather, caribou hair, feathers, birchbark, quills, and metals - to name a few. Her work is ever-evolving and she wants to create pieces for all people to wear, display, or enjoy. She is grateful to learn from other artists and also teaches workshops so that participants understand the delicate work and the love that goes into each piece.
Jake is a featured maker at:
- shopWAG in Winnipeg (2020)
- Southwest Art Gallery of Manitoba in Brandon (2021)
- Chocolate Fox in Wasagaming, MB (2021)
- Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, BC. (2022)
- Neat on Bowen Island, BC (2022)
- Mainly Manitoba, Wasagaming and Brandon, MB (2022)
Jake works full time and creates as a passion.
She has a Chemical and Biosciences Technology diploma from Red River College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba.
Jake acknowledges that she is a guest on the unceded territory of the Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw and will work to advocate for the First Nations in that territory as well as learn more about the land she now calls home.
During the summers, Jake will return to MB and live on her ancestral homeland of the Métis Nation as well as the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Nēhiyawak, Anishinninew, Dene, and Dakota.