Tuesday, July 27, 2010
In the height of summer...
I'm enjoying the heat, and when it rains, I'll enjoy that too. There's no sense in complaining about it being too hot, I know
that soon enough there will be cold weather to complain about, so I have decided to accept and enjoy our weather!
27 jul 10 @ 9:12 pm
Every day of the week I have been going to the K'san carving shed and working on two masks. K'san being the historical
village/museum site near Hazelton, BC. I have the opportunity to work with Phil Janze, who is the lead carver in
this mask project. There are four other carvers (me being one of them) who have been selected to create two Gitxsan masks
for a future exhibit, and will be part of the permanent collection for K'san.
One of the highlights of working
at K'san again is seeing the visitors and tourists who are generally pleased and happy to be seeing carvers on site! So a
big hello to everyone who has stopped in, we love the positive energy you brought with you.
I am really happy with
the portrait mask that I have chosen to do. With the chief's (and family's) permission I have used the frog woman's (Haawx) story
as inspiration for this woman's portrait. I have taken the liberty of assuming that the woman is a very beautiful, striking
woman, (hence the kidnapping of her), and also applied full, luscious lips for the purpose of carving a frog design on
her bottom lip. The idea I will be implementing is that this will be a foreshadowing of the events that will soon take over
this woman's life.
I hope to be posting photos of this project within a week or two.