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Jimmy Tunnillie is a young, up and coming artist from the Cape Dorset region in Nunavut Territory. He is a young artist who prides himself on being part of a family of carvers. Jimmy describes his grandfather, Qabaroaq Tunnillie, as someone who has influenced his work. Another carver in the Tunnillie family includes Ashevak Tunnillie, Jimmy uncle.
Jimmy prefers to work primarily in soapstone, carving bears, birds, and walrus. Animals play a vital role in the everyday lives of Inuit people, and only in the recent past has the peoples’ dependence on them lessened. Based on years of observing, stalking, and butchering prey, Inuit wildlife art shows a keen awareness of the physical characteristics, habitats, and seasonal changes of animals.
Cape Dorset is probably the most famous art-producing community in Canada’s north. With so many talented sculptors, there is bound to be a wide range of styles. The Cape Dorset sculptural style is rooted in both wildlife and the spirit world, but has incorporated a love of the flamboyant, the dramatic, and the decorative.
Coiled lime grass, Thread (coloured), Serpentine stone
The process of basket-making is long and arduous as it can take up to a month to weave a large basket. Baskets are made from repeatedly coiling the grass from the bottom of the basket and building the basket up. Designs are created by stitching thread onto the basket, however some designs are actually woven in. This thread can be made from a number of materials, such as de-haired sealskin, leather, and yarn.
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