My time as an artist in residence at the Museum of Anthropology coincides with the exhibit “Kesu’: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer,” which is a celebration of the renowned Kwakwaka’wakw artist who was from my hometown of Alert Bay. As the style of this weaving is a northern style, which came into Kwakwaka’wakw […]Read more "The Museum of Anthropology"
The Little Things is a two-year film project based on environmentally conscious snowboarders who are inspirational through their riding, as well as their sustainable ways of living and thinking. This is a collective project in which all the riders and filmmakers are deeply involved in the creative process, bringing to life the importance of living […]Read more "The Little Things"
The trip to Greenville, North Carolina was as a representative of the U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, British Columbia, which is traditional Kwakwakw’wakw territory. Myself and Trevor Isaac were selected by the organization to provide a series of talks in university and elementary classrooms and to install some of our work. Trevor is an artist and […]Read more "North Carolina"
underEXPOSED is a new series that airs this September on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network in Canada. It is a youth documentary series that brings action sports together with the Aboriginal language, art, and culture specific to the region of each episode. Featuring Cree photographer Mason Mashon and Metis journalist Tannis Baradziej. I was brought […]Read more "underEXPOSED"
I just finished a new basket in January of this year. It isn’t often that I take the time to create a basket, because they seem to take forever, and one needs time and space to enter into a different kind of time and space than our world seems to allow. When I began weaving […]Read more "Bright Star Basket"
Whose land was it that shared itself with me? Whose hearts and homes opened to me? It has taken a while to get this blog out, but here it is! The land I went to was Fiji, a place I never envisioned travelling to at any point in my life. Myself and Raven Ann Potschka, […]Read more "FIJI"
Its harder than it sounds to keep track of one’s travel. Despite my best intentions to post frequently, I have fallen behind so there is much to share and reflect on since departing Prince Rupert in September. Simply stated, a lot happened! I have been to a memorial potlatch in Alert Bay for Jimmy Dawson […]Read more "Since September"
“It is a much greater thing to give than it is to receive. You’ll understand what I mean one day.” -Beau Dick It might have been four years ago now since Beau told this to me on his front porch. The art of giving is one that is learned by watching our elders, and from […]Read more "The Art of Giving"
My journey of becoming a weaver began in the summer of 2007 while I was working on a seine boat near Alert Bay, BC. I decided to explore the gifts it has shared with our people for generations. Understanding the historical meanings of the gifts of the Creator to our people has shaped me as […]Read more "Origins"
Here it was, in the beginning I was. Those parts of my self that wrote words, I was that part of my self that had thoughts. Eventually, they found themselves, as we all do, motionless in the heat of the sun staring down our backs. Eventually, I found myself: backless to the night, offering postings […]Read more "I wanted to begin."