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Yellow Cedar wood, Abalone shell, Copper, Cedar bark, Acrylic paint
61 x 6 x 2"
Coast Salish (Chemainus) Nation
Angela was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia in November 1975. Because of her parents, both talented artists, Angela had the opportunity to learn many traditional Coast Salish skills from an early age.
Beginning to weave cedar bark when she was fourteen, Angela studied first with Kathy Edgar and later Minney Peters. The entire process of collecting the cedar roots and pulling and cleaning the bark, she finds deeply rewarding.
In the past few years Angela has been awarded many impressive opportunities. She was invited to participate in the paddle show “Timeless Journey”, put on by Steinbruek Native Gallery in Seattle, WA. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria asked her to represent the emerging artists of the Coast Salish region for a weaving show titled “SMASH”. Recently, Angela was contracted to design and make ties and scarves as staff uniforms for the Vancouver International Airport. Planning to further pursue her interest in fashion design, she also designs and paints silk scarves.
Angela also has a serious interest in the uses of Coast Salish traditional medicine. Using plants collected from the forest, she makes soaps and lotions for people with sensitive skin.
Recognized by the Canada Council and the First Peoples Cultural Council, Angela’s works can be found in many public galleries and private collections, including the permanent collection at the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa.
She is excited to push the boundaries of the Coast Salish art form and create new and original art pieces for everyone to enjoy.
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Spoons and ladles were traditionally made from either cedar wood or the horn of a mountain sheep, and their handles were carved with family crest images. Historically, these exquisitely sculptured objects were primarily created by people in Northern Nations, and were highly sought after by other nations. During potlatches [festive gatherings], cedar ladles decorated with the hosting family’s crests were used to serve food, while the elaborately carved mountain sheep spoons were distributed as gifts among the many guests.
Today, spoon and ladle productions are based on these traditional objects and are meant to be both objects of function and display. In addition to traditional mediums such as cedar wood, goat or mountain sheep horn, many modern-day spoons and ladles are constructed of gold, silver and pewter.
Derek White’s extraordinary Beaver & Eagle Fish Bowl, created in the traditional Haida form and utilizing the ancient technique of repousse to add dimension, demonstrates his articulate master carving and artistry skills. Containers such as bowls were traditionally created out of Cedar or Alder wood and utilized in daily life. The chosen medium of silver serves as a contemporary progression of this ancient art form while illustrating the intricate foundational links which combine cultural heritage with the arts.