This blanket grew from a design created for a memorial ceremony for Susan’s mother. Although the Memorial Blanket was a non-commercial endeavour, interest in the image led to the creation of this beautiful blanket with a different design and new colours. The imagery is inspired by the many rafting trips that Susan and her family have made to the Taku River. The Taku River flows from Alaska through to northern British Columbia, teeming with life.
Susan has had many spiritual experiences on the Taku, including a close encounter with a grizzly bear, and a chance to see what she fondly refers to as “The Spirit of the Taku” a completely white large bald eagle. The image draws on a traditional Salish weaving design, echoing the constant movement of the river. The design flows through the form of the eagle itself, drawing our attention to the connections between the eagle and his environment. Within the wings of the eagle there are two salmon heads (traditionally often depicted in pairs for good luck). This image reminds us that we are all linked, both to our environment—?and to all the living creatures who share it.
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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