Switzerland

A few years ago back in ‘Yalis (Alert Bay), I met two Swiss ladies from Zurich’s North American Native Museum: Denise Danzier and Runa Loeb. Over the years we stayed in touch, and eventually our desire to collaborate resulted in a residency at their partner institution, The Museum Reitberg. It houses a collection of art from global cultures, yet has […]

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Came To Tell Something

A journey to Haida Gwaii is always a good idea…especially when it’s summer, I’m with my partner Alex in his 77 Van Dura, and theres some cat-adventurers on board. A journey to Haida Gwaii is an especially good idea when it’s for the first show on Haida art curated by a Haida person. Nika Collison […]

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a Celebration

True to Northwest Coast potlatch style, on the evening before the show opened I was still busy putting the finishing touches onto a robe that had been on my loom for the better part of two years. The following day, “Sky Blanket: Recent Works by Meghann O’Brien” opened as a small show at The Bill Reid […]

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The Museum of Anthropology

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 […]

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Bright Star Basket

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 […]

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The Art of Giving

“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 […]

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