Pierrette is a French-Canadian Métis with roots to the Nehiyawak First Nations (Plains Cree). She was raised on a dairy farmstead in LaSalle, Manitoba. She is a self-taught artist and has been drawn to art from a very young age. Her interest in reclaimed materials and metals led her to take a welding course at the Red River College in 2007, followed by a metal-smithing course at the Mechosin International School of the Arts in 2010. She is drawn to old agricultural implements and antiques, transforming rustic metal and found objects through sculpture, mosaic and assemblage.
She left the public service in 2012 to pursue her career as a professional artist and launched "Papillon Creations" in that same year to showcase her art and vintage to the public. She was later awarded first prize at a "Dragon's Den"-like contest initiated by the CDEM (Economic Development Corporation of Manitoba). Her art work has since garnered local and national media attention. In Fall 2016, she was featured as a guest artist in the television production of "Handcrafted Manitoba" and airing on the MTS On Demand network. Read more and view sneak preview.
Pierrette continues to present her art at various venues throughout Manitoba. She is the founder and Chair of the Dawson Trail Arts and Heritage Tour. Her work can be viewed by appointment throughout the year or in person during the Dawson Trail Art Tour scheduled September 16th and 17th, 2023
(see www.dawsontrailtreasures.ca for details).
In 2023, Pierrette received the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal in recognition of her work with the Dawson Trail Arts and Heritage Project.