She Was A Free Spirit
Erica Lugt is an Inuvialuk artist from Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. Daughter To Eric & Tootsie Lugt, Granddaughter to Eddie & Alice Gruben. Erica moved to the city at a young age and has since returned to the North and is reconnecting with her culture through creating.
Erica makes jewelry inspired by the land and her Inuvialuit culture, in particular Inuvialuit dancing parkas. “I’ve always been attracted to color. I bring my love of color, of all colors and what my eyes interpret from the colors of the Arctic to my creations.” Erica also has a passion and pedigree for fashion; she comes from a long line of well-known Gruben seamstresses. Erica is committed to creating wearable fashion that is at once traditional yet modern. Jewelry and fashion design are more than creative outlets for Erica. They have also been an important part of her healing journey. Erica sees opportunities for collective healing and the making of a better future through fashion.
Erica’s jewelry and garments are available through her brand, She Was A Free Spirit. Erica was a featured vendor at Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto in 2018 and sold out at IFWTO 2020. Her earrings were on display at Paris Fashion Week in 2019. Erica co-coordinated the 2019 Arctic Fashion Show as part of the Great Northern Arts Festival Society in Inuvik. She is also a member of the Creations for Continuity and Proudly Indigenous Crafts & Design website. More recently she took part in the 2021 Earring show with BC Craft Council as well as the Entreprenorth Fashion Cohort.
These earrings are so beautiful & unique. To me, when I wear them I believe I am carrying our traditions with me.
Both of these sets are amazing but the top pair is ICONIC
My inspiration for this design is what my eyes interpret when I look at this photo of Tuktoyaktuk taken by Photographer Chris Kelly.