Waskahat enjoys bridging tradition and his interests today. Some of his designs are inspired by video games like World of Warcraft, Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon. “Growing up, I played a lot of games, and I have a mixture of interests. I want my work to have a fun fantasy style,” he says.
One of his most popular series are three medallions with the Pokémon Vaporeon, Flareon, and Jolteon. (Flareon is shown above.) It took Waskahat about 70 hours to complete the set. Each medallion has more than 3,000 beads!
Beading isn’t easy, though it came naturally to Waskahat. He thinks he learned so quickly because he’s good at math. Beading requires a lot of counting, planning, and patience. He has to design patterns, figure out how to alternate the colors, count the beads, and make sure he can complete the patterns with his bead supply.
Although his materials can be expensive, Waskahat wants to keep creating fun pieces for young people to add to their regalia at an affordable cost. He tries to keep prices low and gives away pieces in contests and raffles. “It was hard for me to afford regalia as a kid,” he says. “So I want to make pieces like these that are usually so expensive accessible to kids.”