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“Your designs make the sky the limit”—examples of Raven Publishing customer artwork

Posted by Karin Clark on

Raven Publishing customers share their Northwest Coast Art-style artwork

From wood carvings and painted paddles to quilting and glasswork, our customers’ artwork spans many different mediums!

Over the years, we’ve seen artists, art students, and craftspeople use our ‘Learning By’ Series of books to inform their Pacific Northwest Native Art-style pieces in fabric, embroidery, metal, pottery, glass, precious metals, paintings, and original graphics (just to name a few).

Some of our customers have been kind enough to share a few of their pieces over the years. Here are a few examples.

Raven Publishing customer artwork

Native American bear art style, wood bear carving in Pacific Northwest Coast Native art style where profiled bear heads are facing each other and joined at the nose, mouth, teeth, and lips resulting in a face-on design of the bear.

Bear Carving

Brian Davis created this beautiful carving of the Northwest Coast Native Indian bear by following Learning By Designing then modifying the designs and formlines.

Red and black Northwest Coast style button blanket, Native American style quilt with Pacific Northwest Native American salmon art style design.

Red Quilt

"My design needed to fit in a very close given perimeter, so I had to modify the background with some light quilting (waves) which would not be on a true button blanket, and I’m afraid I didn’t know about the black gap along the neckline to ‘let the smoke escape.’

The statement which will travel with the quilt is:

Salish Salmon captures the spirit of the salmon according Wedlidi Speck: Oh Swimmer, life-bringer, your return brings warmth to our hearts, comforts our bodies, and reminds us of the promise of tomorrow.

– Lisa Jenni, Redmond/WA, member of the Association of Northwest Quilter

Pacific Northwest Native American eagle art style wood carving project, eagle relief carving in wood with abalone shell for eye.

Pacific Northwest Native American salmon art style wood carving project, salmon relief carving in wood with abalone shell for eye.

Wood Carvings

"This is my first completed project using the three Learning by Doing/Designing books. This is done on basswood 8' x 12" with abalone shell for the eye.

 A couple of years ago I took a class with Master Carver Herb Rice from Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island.

 Some time later I purchased your first three books."

– Peter Farrow, San Jose, California

 

 
Pacific Northwest Native American sun art style wood carving with circle sun face and ovoids as sun rays, painted yellow, red, and orange.

Sun

"I have been carving since about 2000. I have studied Northwest native art, and your books Learning by Doing and Learning by Designing have helped me to understand a lot of this wonderful art.

Last year, I travelled to the west coast of Canada and visited a lot of museums, galleries, and villages. I saw many, many totem-poles and hundreds of masks. At home I carve every minute I have time for.

Thank you for your books."

– Wilfried Vonderbank, Germany.

Pacific Northwest Native American eagle art style wood carved mailbox with native wolf design on side, painted black, red, white, and brown.

Mailbox

 

"I just wanted to say thanks to Karin Clark and Jim Gilbert. I bought Learning by Doing and followed their exercises and designs and came up with this world-class mailbox."

 

– Mr. Wilson
Two canoe paddles with Pacific Northwest Native American salmon art style designs painted in red, black, and blue. Two canoe paddles with Pacific Northwest Native American salmon art style designs painted in red, black, and blue.

Paddles

 

Fine hand-crafted native-style art by Jack Woods and George Lloyd, Courtney BC
Multi-color patch quilt with Native American animal art styles.

Patch Quilt

 "Last summer while we were visiting Tofino I purchased your book, Learning by Doing.

The attachment is the result.

 Thank you for your wonderful book."

 – Kathleen Johnston Albany, CA

Glasswork mosaic tabletop with Pacific Northwest Native American thunderbird art style design.Glass mosaic tabletop with Pacific Northwest Native American orca art style design.

Glass mosaic tabletops  

by Renate Kolzig, Union Bay, BC

These table tops were used on tables in the small restaurant within the Union Bay Market.

Black, red, and white glasswork orca in Pacific Northwest Native American orca art style.

Glasswork Killer Whale

 Here is some very unique glasswork done by Phil Barber, from Pennsylvania USA. This is Phil's description of his style:

 "....remember I'm just experimenting with these....just getting started. Your designs make the sky the limit. These are fused glass pieces using Spectrum glass which is located in the state of Washington. Each piece of glass is cut by hand and stacked to be fused. The Killer Whale and the other piece measure about 18" across and stand about 11" high. They stand on a fused glass base."

– Phil Barber, Pennsylvania, USA

 

Have you used our books to create art?

If you’ve used our books to create art, we always love hearing from our customers! Please consider sharing pictures of your finished artwork. Feel free to email photos to me, along with a description of your art and how our books have helped you learn and create Pacific Northwest Coast Native style art.

 

Always learning by doing,

Karin Clark, CEO, Raven Publishing Inc.

kclark@ravenpublishing.com.