Judy Lafferty was born and raised in the small community of Fort Good Hope in Northwest Territories where she still resides. Judy learned her skills from her mother and grandmother and has been an artist for over 50 years.
She is a recognized master in traditional hide tanning, sewing, embroidery and beading using very tiny seed beads that require great skill and technique. Judy is also known across the North for her exquisite designs and her unique combination of colourful seed beads set against her intensely coloured home tanned hide.
Judy has dedicated her life to passing on the Dene cultural knowledge and traditional skills to young people. Her work is in private collections across Canada.