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Nunavut artist creates beauty from skin and bone

  • Adina Tarralik Coral Harbour, Nunavut Canada (map)

Artist and jeweler Adina Tarralik Duffy chisels down a piece of antler — one of her favourite materials to work with. (PHOTO COURTESY OF UGLY FISH)

Article by Sarah Rodgers
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A half dozen beluga vertebra discs are lined up along a piece of fur.

In the same space, you’ll find caribou antlers, bits of sealskin and a polar bear paw.

But this isn’t a biology class or a museum; this is Adina Tarralik Duffy’s home studio in Coral Harbour, where bits and pieces of Arctic wildlife await her creative touch.

Duffy, a designer and jeweller, recalls sitting in a friend’s workshop in Rankin Inlet years ago, surrounded by power tools and antlers.

“I just picked up some antler and started going for it,” Duffy said. “Something just clicked. The hours would pass and I didn’t even notice.

“I really like the solitude of creating."

You see some of Duffy’s creations on the Ugly Fish Facebook page, or reach her directly atmadebyuglyfish@gmail.com.

Earlier Event: June 11
Pottery (8 weeks)
Later Event: June 12
Trial Run