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Edition of 100
|Dimensions||16 x 16 "|
|LOC||CP - - PD7 - RTS18|
Clarence Mills is a member of the Haida nation, a group that inhabits the northern coast of British Columbia. Born into the Wilson family at Skidegate, Queen Charlotte Islands in 1958, he is a member of the Eagle Clan and takes the Split Raven and Grizzly Bear as his crests. His grandfather, Jimmy Wilson, was hereditary Chief Skedans. His great-grandfather, carver Henry Young, gave him his Haida name – Gahghinskuss, meaning ‘out of your own land’. With guidance from his uncle, Doug Wilson, Clarence began studying traditional Haida art at the age of eighteen. He has since produced carvings in ivory, Argillite and wood, including monumental-size totem poles for international events, as well as engraved jewelry and limited-edition serigraph prints.
Over the past 20 years, Clarence has established himself both abroad, in the United States and Europe, as well as in Canada. Most recently, Clarence carved a full size pole for the Louvre in France, where he met the French Prime Minister, Jacques Chirac, at the pole’s raising.
Clarence incorporates the traditional designs of his people with a contemporary feel. He is well known for his simplistic and distinctive style that reflects traditional Haida images.
Clarence’s work is sought-after by many collectors of high quality artwork, both on local and international levels.
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This is Terry Starr's depiction of the birth of the Eagle Clan. This circular image contains the young, unborn eagle, still in the egg. Eagle spirits are associated with lofty ideals and the pursuit of freedom.
In many regions, Eagle clan families are the traditionally the most prominent, and Eagle chiefs the most powerful. Eagle is one of the four main crest among the Tsimshian people.
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This serigraph was produced in recognition of the fact that Art is an artist. One of the names that he has had is “Thlo-kee-tupp” which means Thunderbird. The Thunderbird is presented here with an adze making a wolf.
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The Beaver appears in Northwest mythology and is a family crest in many regions throughout the Northwest Coast. According to legend, the first Beaver was a woman, whose husband frequently went on long hunting and fishing trips. In his absence, his lonely wife took solace swimming, enlarging her pond with a dam and building her own water dwelling. Eventually, she transformed into a Beaver and their children were Beaver People, founding the Beaver lineage.
In mythology, they are often associated with the powerful undersea supernatural beings and the magic Giant Beaver can cause natural disaster with one slap of its wide, strong tail. Characterisically, the Beaver is known to keep to himself and cares little for the activities of the humans, except when they are directly affected. Thus, they often give wise advice so it is important to listen when they do decide to speak.
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This beautiful Spirit Button Wrap comes from the “Spirit Collection” by fashion designer Chloe Angus. The design is by Haida artist Clarence Mills. This wrap can be worn in various ways and is made of 85% Acrylic and 15% wool, with Abalone shell buttons.
Chloe’s vision is to create a high fashion collection incorporating art by utilizing jewelry, screen printing and stitching to subtly highlight ancient First Nations art techniques. In attempt to unite the cultures and artist’s that she works with, Chloe Angus Design donates a percentage of each Spirit piece to the Vancouver Aborginal Friendship Centre.
Sizes: Regular (24.5 x 65″); Long (24.5 x 80.5″)
Crest figures: Bear, Eagle & Moon, Salmon, Raven and Formline (modern) – please contact us regarding availability