Deb Malcolm is a self-taught artist, born in Toronto in 1953, now residing in Crystal Beach. Several years ago she found her birth mother and family and learned of some of her maternal ancestry which is Métis, Scottish and Northwestern European. Deb has been accepted into the Manitoba Metis Federation by virtue of this ancestry. Since she had very little knowledge of her past, Deb struggled to find a way to connect. Inspired by two Indigenous artists: Christi Belcourt and Brian Kon, she taught herself this unique way of painting. She has been using this technique for 5 years but has been painting for about 20.
Deb is exploring the art of Métis floral beading. “Where story-telling is the verbal way of passing down traditional knowledge, beading is a visual connection to the past. I am honouring that past through my art.”
Inspired by traditional beading patterns, each painting is created by applying dots of acrylic paint to a wood canvas using a tool called a stylus. The completed piece is colourful and has a dimensional quality as the paint dries as a raised "bead".
The finished work is then sprayed with a protective varnish.
Private home studio -
by appointment only:
217 Derby Road
Crystal Beach, Ontario