A birchbarker for over thirty years I am greatly influenced by my mother, Clara Kruse, a member of Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. I remake old style Ojibwe birchbark & quill baskets, picturesques, and other birchbark art. Sharing cultural teachings and telling stories through my art is way to celebrate my Ojibwe heritage and to honor ancestors before me. By bringing back to life old style Ojibwe art I honor traditional art. Like my ancestors I use tools that are readily available. With deep respect for birchbark I waste nothing, left over birchbark is used for small pieces of art. Using the different colors of the bark is symbolic, like the many shades of the bark so are Indigenous peoples.