WHO IS AMBER COOK?
Amber is a second generation Canadian and a natural born creator and teacher with a flair for design and crafting. She has become the who's who in the custom Mukluk world. Her love of leather art has turned into a full time business.
Her story begins back in Gillam, Manitoba where her family was stationed in the early 70's. Amber learned some from Elders there, her main teacher was a gentleman in Lockport, and in Churchill in a time when there were not a lot of traditional artists still creating.
Mukluks, moccasins and gauntlets were not just fashionable they were a necessity for the winter climate and a wonderful artful way for self-expression.
"I love to work with quality materials and I shop Canadian whenever possible."
Amber encourages Indigenous artists to facilitate classes in her workshop, to create spaces for everyone to learn from each other in the spirit of reconciliation, and also provides techniques and traditional materials for artists to reclaim their lost culture.
Today you can find Amber in all sorts of places, she’s either out instructing in local Continuing Education Classes, or out and about scooping for local choice materials.
I acknowledge that I live and work in Treaty 1 Territory; the traditional territory of the Cree, Oji-Cree, Dene, Dakota, and Anishinabek and the Homeland of the Métis Nation.