Robyn McLeod was born in Yellowknife, NT. She is of Métis and Dene Decent from the Dehcho Region in the Northwest Territories.
Robyn is a multi-disciplinary artist, practicing fashion design, traditional Dene art, digital art, moosehide tanning, and mixed media. Robyn grew up in a small Indigenous Community of Deh Gáh Got’ı̨ę First Nation (Fort Providence). Robyn had a strong interest in art from a very young age. Robyn
always enjoyed being outdoors and participating in cultural events, and a keen interest
in learning about traditional knowledge through story telling.
Eventually Robyn made her way to Blanch McDonald to study fashion
design in Vancouver, BC. After meeting her partner and moving to the Yukon, Robyn
has attended the Visual Arts at the Yukon School of Visual Art in Dawson City, Yukon. In 2019, Robyn was named the Yukon winner of the BMO 1st Art! Competition in her mixed media piece called Dene Futurisms.
Since finishing up with school, Robyn has decided to pursue her dream
of infusing traditional clothing design with a modern twist and creating art as a fulltime artist. Her style is labeled Dene Futurisms and includes many garments that fit under a concept of Dene being the future. Robyn designed these garments herself and collaborated with many artists during the pandemic, while having her first child and is currently carrying her second child.
Robyn has had many mentors throughout her life and attributes
her work of her late Grandmother Florestine McLeod, who was a very well-known traditional artist in the Dehcho Region. One of the dresses made in the Dene Futurisms collection is made in memory of her late aunty Virgina McDonald. Robyn has received the teachings passed down from them and uses it as strength when creating art.