The Alaska Native Ways of Life

  Its a tough job hunting and harvesting the animals you use to make your crafts. Remembering the smell of tanned seal fur when my grandmother would stitch a smoked moose hide moccasin. That great memory is where the basis of my business started.  
  My first pattern that I made was an evening purse. I made a few fur purses to go along with selling seal skins to the native elders. Much to  my surprise, people liked the quality and uniqueness of my fashions. Which spurred me on to make a few more unique patterns. 10 different patterns later a lady stepped up to my table while at a craft fair and asked, "do you make seal mittens?" I said, "no".  "Can you make me a pair?"  "I can try". Two weeks later, she was wearing a specialized, difficult to make, pair of unique seal skin mittens while watching the Iditarod mushers cross the finish line in Nome, Alaska. It's these people, my customers, that make the difference in my life.
  This is one of the most rare opportunities left in the U.S.. I get the  privilege to work with our ancestral animals and I'm able to share such a rare gift with you...my future buyers.

Awards & Shows for sea otter fur work

2015-2018 SWAIA/ Santa Fe Indian Market, New Mexico

Honorable Mention in Diversified Arts with "Taboo Lovebirds" Capelet-2018


First Place in Diversified Arts with Dress Vest, "Alaskan Lady"-2017


Best of show in Contemporary Fashion contest with dress vest, "Alaskan Lady"-2017


Second Place in Diversified Arts with a V-neck collar in Alaskan materials-2016


First Place and Best of Division in Textiles with a sea otter vest-2015

2017 Cherokee Art Market Tulsa, Oklahoma

Innovation Award for "Taboo Kusax'an (Love) Birds, Sea Otter Capelet-2017


Third Place for "Alaskan Lady" Sea Otter Dress Vest-2017

2015-2017 Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian Native Art Market, New York

Showcasing latest fur creations for the east coast in lower Manhattan

2011-2017 Ketchikan Winter Arts Fair

Donated and sold seal and sea otter apparel to local residents in my home town. Ketchikan, AK

2011-2014 Alaska Federations Conference

Sold seal and sea otter fur apparel and networked with senators on "significantly altered" issues. Anchorage and Fairbanks


2009-2017 Fur Rondy Native Arts Market

Sold sea and sea otter apparel to visitors and raw materials to natives. Anchorage, AK

Publications

Native Max Magazine, February 2018, Page 13

Working with Fur, According to Christy Ruby, written by Kelly Holmes; chief editor

KBRD Community Radio Interview-2017

Bear Essential Life Magazine, Winter 2016/2017

"Kindred Spirits," Saskatchewan Meets Alaska, Biography on the amazing style of Christy Ruby, written by Tara Lynn Barks

The WON, Womens Outdoor News, April 2016

Alaska Women: Making the Most of Their Game, written by Christine Cunningham

Anchorage Daily News, October 21, 2011

Sea Otters: An Alaska Political Predicament- written by Jill Burke

4 page article relating to sea otter issues with Don Young's bill and federal prosecutions of Natives.

The Real Fur Journey...

I guess I've wanted to be an artist since I was 5 years old. I was very happy to get paid to work in such a unique field where many starve, lol. I had no idea that all of those jobs; window painter, coin designer, sculptor, computer graphics, illustrator, and fly tier...would lead me to where I am now. A very happy real fur fashion designer.