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Woven & Sewn in Time

Spirit Wrestler Gallery
Vancouver BC– Mar 21-Apr 11, 2009

Sharon Kay, Attu Basket

Betsy Meeko Sr., Coiled Grass Basket with Owl

Sharon Kay, Attu Basket, natural and dyed wild rye grass, silk floss thread [Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 21-Apr 11] Photo: Kenji Nagai / Spirit Wrestler Gallery

Betsy Meeko Sr., Coiled Grass Basket with Owl, lime grass, coloured thread, steatite [Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 21-Apr 11] Photo: Kenji Nagai / Spirit Wrestler Gallery

Woven & Sewn in Time is a surprising collection of extremely disparate woven and sewn artworks created by artists from Alaska, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Nunavik, Ontario and Labrador, as well as from Aotearoa in New Zealand.

Rosaley Michelin, Innu Tea Doll

Rosaley Michelin, Innu Tea Doll (Mother and Child), moke tanned caribou hide, beads, embroidered features, filled with loose tea [Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 21-Apr 11] Photo: Kenji Nagai / Spirit Wrestler Gallery

The exhibition showcases numerous pieces that demonstrate how, over the past decade, traditions of anonymous and utilitarian container-making have given way to innovative contemporary artwork. Unique baskets, tea dolls, lidded boxes and bowls and even a teapot, were created with materials ranging from glass, silver, stone, brass, merino wool and jade to porcupine quills, white spruce roots, whale baleen, caribou antlers and tufting.

The Spirit Wrestler Gallery encouraged the artists to stretch their imaginations and take their traditions in a more contemporary direction by utilizing new materials, colours and designs. Included are unusual flax weavings from Maori artist Christina Hurihia Wirihana; quill baskets by Ojibway artist Lorraine Besito; an intricately carved stone basket with a tiny portrait of a woman weaving on top by Billy Gauthier, Alaskan baleen baskets by James Omnik Sr.; ornate caribou tufting boxes by Athabascan artist Selina (Alexander) De Wilde; and blown glass baskets by Preston Singletary, an Alaskan Tlingit artist.

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Mia Johnson

Karen Kotchea, Birch Bark Berry Picking Basket

Evelyn Douglas, Coiled Grass Basket

Karen Kotchea, Birch Bark Berry Picking Basket (Red and Pink Roses design), birch bark, spruce root, moose hide, dyed porcupine quills [Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 21-Apr 11] Photo: Kenji Nagai / Spirit Wrestler Gallery

Evelyn Douglas, Coiled Grass Basket, natural and dyed beach grass [Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 21-Apr 11] Photo: Kenji Nagai / Spirit Wrestler Gallery

William White, "Raven's Nest" Basket

Christina Hurihia Wirihana, Kete Paua Basket

William White, "Raven's Nest" Basket, red cedar bark, merino wool [Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 21-Apr 11] Photo: Kenji Nagai / Spirit Wrestler Gallery

Christina Hurihia Wirihana, Kete Paua Basket, muka (New Zealand flax fibre), paua shell (New Zealand abalone) [Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 21-Apr 11] Photo: Kenji Nagai / Spirit Wrestler Gallery


 Sun, Feb 8, 2009