Valerie Malesku

Heritage — Cree

Valerie Malesku was born in 1953 and is of Cree decent.

Valerie began her career as an artist in 1981. Having lived on the Queen Charlotte Islands since the early 1970’s, Val had the opportunity to apprentice under Bill Reid. Bill quickly took on the role of teacher and mentor, but also as a dear friend.

Val’s unique cut out designs mix the traditional with contemporary in Cree and northwest coast styles. Although best known for her delicate and intricate jewellery pieces, Val also produces some of the finest button blankets, dance aprons and dance vests.