Happy Anniversary to this blog (four years!), Happy New Year, and Happy February. We have been pretty quiet on the blog front over the last six months, but that doesn’t mean our lives have been quiet. In between travelling for work and art, new relationships, old relationships, family and kinship obligations, schooling, and motherhood – I consider it a small blessing that we all still open to writing, to sharing space with each other, to cultivating an experience on this blog.
Twenty-twenty is going to be beautiful and challenging, with lots of personal and professional growth. Big things are on the horizon, and I can’t say much, but we do have some killer guest bloggers lined up for y’all. Thank you for sticking around, for being patient, and for creating community with us. We appreciate every one of you.
tenille k campbell
2019 was a transitional year for me in a lot of ways. I decided to take a step back from business work to focus on personal aspirations, which mainly encompassed portraits of my daughter Dani-Mae along our travels. In 2019, we traveled to seven provinces and territories, as well as across the world to Norway. My dreams come true each time I capture my girl experiencing a new place and making new memories.
For 2020, I want to show her the rest of Canada as well as share more of my work. I feel like a mama bear that’s just waking up after a long hibernation, hungry and yearning for more. The best is yet to come.
– Shayla Snowshoe
This year has been a year of great loss, triumph, new hobbies, failure, and joy! The first half of the year included a tremendous highs and really low lows. I completed my first practicum as a pre-service teacher in a grade 3 classroom and it was easily the best not-family related experience of my life. Immediately before my practicum my family had a loss, and almost immediately after we experienced another. My uncle and my Kokom were so loved and no words can encapsulate that.
In 2019, I also started a 365 project (and failed/quit a 365 project), which is a photo a day. I learned many new hobbies, like beading, and taking my sewing to the next level (with a jingle dress for my daughter). I also closed to door on my small shirt business as I did not have the time to dedicate to it.
The end of the year signals a new decade, not just because of 2020, but I also turned 30. I go into this next phase of my life ready to start teaching (I’ll be done school in June) and wondering what creative ventures I will explore. I leave just one photo, because it is what I will think of when I think of 2019. Me, my daughter, and my late Kokom, Mother’s Day 2019.
– Claudine Bull
Feeling incredibly grateful for all the new memories and healthy mindsets I’ve been cultivating this past year. This upcoming year, my hope is to further my focus on nourishing my community and building more connections and collaborations through art. Art has always been my biggest form of healing, and to be able to create a community through this passion feels like an even bigger accomplishment. So thank you to Tea&Bannock for being such a welcoming and positive platform to share our voice and to everyone who has supported us along the way!
– Caroline Blechert
I have never been so glad to say goodbye to a year. I don’t what it was about 2019, but for some reason I entered the year feeling like I had things under control, and I left it feeling like a fraud, but with an amazing earring collection. All I truly know is that if it weren’t for my parents home on the Rez, there would have been a lot more dramatics in my life. I went home to chill out, to sit in my own bed, to cry in a safe space and know that my kid was being taken care of. That’s how I got through. I’m so grateful and blessed that we had summers and week long breaks at home, long days on the boat, warm evenings by the beach. The land got me through.
Twenty-twenty is heading in an interesting direction, and I’m tentatively happy, but also scarred. Like what I get too happy abut something and it turns out way less than I wanted it to be, or it doesn’t work out? Obviously, I’m still dealing with the after-effects of a shitty year, but I’m thinking that with the melting of the snow and the longer days, things will get a little easier and I could breathe a little deeper. I know I’m not the only one who feels like they barely got through, so here’s to a more stable and solid year in twenty-twenty.
– tenille k campbell