Brenda Lee Asp
Northern Tutchone First Nation, Yukon
Tahltan, Northern BC
Born and raised in the Yukon, Brenda began as an artist and designer when she was a child with mother and her grandmothers, Thelma Norby (Nee Edzerza), Anges Nieman (Nee Jack), and numerous aunts.
Growing up, she was exposed to the sophisticated art of leather work; various concepts for print design, precision machine operation, as well as traditional beading from her community. Designing intricate flowers, symbols, and mixing coloured beads is her passion.
Brenda’s ancestral background consists of Athabascan and Tlingit cultures. She is from the Northern Tutchone First Nation- the Sang area of the Yukon, and Tahltan from Northern B.C. Brenda is a member of the Crow Clan.
Brenda has toured North America showing at various fashion shows including: Couture Fashion Week (Manhattan, New York), National Aboriginal Fashion Week (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Western Canada Fashion Week (Edmonton, Alberta), the Selaska Heritage Celebration (Juneau, Alaska), Tinaa Art Auction (Juneau, Alaska), and at the Adaka Cultural Festival (Whitehorse, Yukon).
Brenda Lee Asps’ products retail in Front Street Clothing and Bear Paw Music & Gifts in Whitehorse, Yukon, Daku Cultural Center in Haines Junction, the Native Arts & Craft Shop at the Caribou Friendship Centre in Williams Lake, B.C., and Kirmese’s in Skagway, Alaska. You could also visit: www.brendaleeasp.ca