It is a joy to feature jewelry and bag maker Warren Steven Scott, whose stunning work honors his matrilineal line. Pronouns: He/him/his.
What inspires your work?
After showing at the inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO) in May of 2018, I launched my online store 3 months later – showcasing the jewelry I first presented there. IFWTO gave me a space where I felt comfortable to connect with my Indigenous identity. My jewelry really represents a way for me to connect to Indigeneity, to explore that identity. My great great grandmother Mary Cecile Bobb was a cedar basket weaver, she wove upwards of 100 baskets in her lifetime. We still have a few of her baskets, but we have lost that skill in our family. I think my work is always trying to connect to Mary and all the things we have lost.
What is your favorite piece in your collection and why?
I LOVE the Mixed Ovoid earrings – I am Interior Salish and the ovoids really exhibit Salish formline so beautifully. The ovoid is considered the ‘mother shape’ in Salish design – they are widest on the top, equal width on either sides and thinest on the bottom. You can lengthen, stretch, and shrink these shapes – they are very adaptable motifs. Most people will recognize these design elements from Indigenous Pacific Northwest carvings, like totem poles.
What is something about your heritage that makes you proud?
I am proud of the community in our Indigenous culture, it’s also something I’ve come to learn and appreciate. When I showed at IFWTO, it wasn’t just a fashion show about ME, there were 23 incredible designers from across North America, each showing their own relationship to their Indigenous culture. It’s never about one person, we are always on our socials sharing and getting excited about each other’s work.
Photos for Lookbook are by @mckjames