Posts Tagged ‘clothes’

Artist of the moment……..Alano Edzerza

 

Alano Edzerza is a First Nations artist renown for his prints of wildlife. Edzerza is also an outstanding entrepreneur who has brought the First Nations art into commercial apparel. Imagine wearing your favorite first nations art design as a dress, this is possible thanks to the vision of Alano Edzerza.

The artist attended school in Arizona where he learned to work with jewelry. He has also studied with many artists in private settings.

Edzerza was born in the year 1981 and has been making art his entire life.

 

Edzerza represents the Raven clan of First Nations Tahltan people.

In this clip we visit the artist in his studio and see how he lives on a daily basis:

In 2010, the artist secured a deal to design the wear for the Dutch Winter Olympic Sports Team.

Edzerza loves giving back to the community and has helped with local programs that help younger artists to succeed as artists and business people.

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What I enjoy most about his artwork is his sense of close up depictions of his work. When I first saw his work I imagined Andy Warhol might paint something so large in scale with such a limited palette if he worked in the First Nations style of design. Its great to see such art and designs finally making it the widespread consumer market.

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Artist of the moment…..Teri Rofkar

Teri Rofkar is a wonderful contemporary artist from Sitka, Alaska  renown for her work with fabrics. Teri Rofkar was born in the year 1956. The artist produces hand woven garments and baskets of traditional and historical significance. To  weave one of these ornamental masterpiece garments it sometimes takes up to 2,000 hours of time (and more importantly patience!)

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Teri Rofkar is one of few people to receive an endowment from the National Arts Foundation in order to improve her basket weaving in the Tinglet traditional style. The recipients of this award are known as living national treasures! What a great idea! I think many of the Northwest Coast artists deserve more exposure. Rofkar received this extraordinary grant in 2009.

Calls herself a “basket case” because she is weaving or gathering materials all of the time!

In this clip she talks about learning to weave from grandmother and her parents. She talks about her working environment in her art:

In this clip we view some works from Rofkar and Shelly Laws. Both are nationally collected artists that work in the traditional Tlingit ways of weaving and basketry.

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