Nadine Chislett

Nadine Chislett
Jessica Kotierk


Nadine Chislett is a jeweller that works in caribou antler, bone, teeth, walrus balculum, fox fur and other organic materials to create her fantastic carved earrings. Based in Iqaluit, NU, Chislett first learned to carve during a four-month stay in Sisimuit, Greenland, where she trained in a shop class offered through the local folk school. Upon returning to Iqaluit, she purchased a set of carving tools and sometime later began to create her own jewellery.

Although bone and antler are her primary media, Chislett also collects ptarmigan claws and wishbones as well as seal claws and walrus teeth in order to make her earrings. All of her materials are locally sourced either from other hunters, or from her own hunts.

“Anything that I do happen to catch, I do try and save a piece,” Chislett says of her willingness to experiment with new materials. [1]

Citing fellow Iqaluit-based jewellers Nicole Camphaug of ENB Artistan Melissa Attagutsiak of Nuvuja9 among her artistic inspirations, as well as Alaskan artists Lisa Teparghuq and Britt’nee Kivliqtaruq Brower, Chislett likes to create qulliq shapes from bone and hopes that others will also be encouraged to create their own carved works.

“It’s good for the mind and so good for your mental health,” she says, “I hope it inspires others to try carving” [2]

This Profile was made possible through support from the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artists Project.

Artist Work

About Nadine Chislett


Bone, Jewellry, Organic Materials, Sculptural, Sculpture/Carving

Artistic Community:

Iqaluit, NU

Date of Birth:

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