Stone sculptor and weaver Sarah Mickiyuk currently resides in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut.
She studied and obtained a Basket and Dollmaking certificate from the Nunavut Arctic College in 1998.
She is best known making baskets in Sea Lyme grass featuring bright colours that are adorned with owls, birds and seal carvings in stone. Often, Sarah will travel to Qullisajanniavik (Tukajak Island, Nunavut), where she spends several weeks collecting stones for her works. To gather the Sea Lyme grass, she will go as far as Kuujjuarapik (Nunavik, Quebec) which she shares and distributes to other women weavers who make baskets within her community.
Works by this Artist (Present + Past + Public)
Woven coiled grass basket, Thread (coloured), Serpentine stone
The process of basket-making is long and arduous as it can take up to a month to weave a large basket. Baskets are made from repeatedly coiling the grass from the bottom of the basket and building the basket up. Designs are created by stitching thread onto the basket, however some designs are actually woven in. This thread can be made from a number of materials, such as de-haired sealskin, leather, and yarn.