“This original contemporary graphic design is representative of a bullrush mat… which I developed into a spindle-whorl format. Traditionally, these mats were very large in size and woven in a square or rectangular format. These woven mats were used to line the inside walls of family dwellings, and the materials used made them easy to transport, as families moved from place to place for hunting and gathering purposes. These immense weaving pieces withstood the wind, were easy to transport, and were an efficient and quick way to provide shelter.
My mother used to make bullrush mats, as did her mother, from the the long spiky blades of the leaves. In the early 90’s, my mom tried teaching me the process for the preparation of mat-making and making rope. One spring day she took me to the Mali, on the shores of the Fraser River, to harvest bullrushes… showing me where to cut the blades at the base and which rushes to cut. She showed me how to strip the blades and we dried them in the sun in my backyard. She showed me how to weave a mat and to make rope from the dried blades of bulrush… but, unfortunately, I did not master either.”—Susan Point
by Ken McNeil
by Shawn Hunt
Coast Salish (Musqueam)
Susan began making limited edition prints on her kitchen table in 1981 while working as a legal secretary. She received several early commissions, which established her reputation for innovative proposals and for completing projects on time, on budget and at the highest level. She took courses in silver, casting and carving, all of which led to monumental sculptures in mixed media, and she was the first Northwest Coast artist to work in glass. She continues to release a number of print editions each year, but her focus has been on commissioned sculpture.
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