Christine, Metis Artisan, Designer. From the Metis community of St Louis, Saskatchewan,
Christine resides alongside the beautiful South Saskatchewan River. A Metis beadwork artisan and entrepreneur. She draws inspiration from the Metis women in her life.
Living in a Metis community near the Metis homeland of Batoche, SK, immersed in the history of the Metis people. “The Metis women I know are so many things: vibrant, tech-savy, traditional, business minded, modern, forward thinking, professional, hard working, funny and entrepreneurial. I want to shed light onto the modern indigenous women, she respects and honours her culture. Beadwork incorporated into ” This is a company built on creating modern, seasonless basics alongside artful, culturally inspired and comfortable pieces for any modern woman.
Fashion is a way to revitalize culture, it can be celebrated and shared by indigenous and non-indigenous women.
The original beadwork of Christine Tournier Tienkamp is printed onto fabric and sewn into garments, and some items have the beadwork picture printed directly onto the sewn garment.
Inspired by traditional Metis Beadwork designs. Metis were historically known as the Flower Beadwork People. Metis women were inspired in creating their bold floral designs by the environment in which they lived (from Expressing our Heritage, Cheryl Troupe, GDI, 2002).
Metis beadwork had a unique floral style, often with curving lines, not always specifically mirrored but balanced symmetrically, often beaded on dark wool or velvet.
Christine created SS River Designs, a social enterprise that supports the business owner, indigenous models, photographers, and more artisans in the future.
What is a Social Enterprise
Contrary to popular belief, profitability and positive social impact are not mutually exclusive. It is, in fact, possible to build a successful company and do good.
A “forprofit social enterprise” bakes social impact mission directly into its business model. Doing good is the core of the business, not just something that happens along the way. For a social enterprise, growth
Reasons why this is the business model of the future:
1. First, as a forprofit business, a social enterprise is more sustainable than a nonprofit organization that must rely on grant money, donations or federal programs alone. As a for-profit model, you control your own density.
2. Second, a forprofit business can scale in ways other organizations cannot. The incentives of the company are designed such that greater impact directly correlates to a great profit.
3. Third, customers, investors and business partners today want to know that the companies they choose are doing more than just providing a product or service. They look for companies that are doing good. They will feel a special connection to companies whose values align with their own.
4. Fourth, social impact companies have an advantage in hiring and retaining staff. Top job candidates weigh many things when deciding where to take their skills. Salary alone is not enough. They seek companies whose values and goals align with their own.
Social enterprises don’t happen accidentally. They require planning and commitment. New companies can get it right from the start. Established companies can transition over time. Either way, it turns out, “doing the right thing” may be the best business decision you ever make for your company.