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Learning by Designing Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art, Volume 2

Raven Publishing Inc.

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By Jim Gilbert and Karin Clark

Description

  • This companion manual to Volume 1 puts First Nations Northwest Coast art into deeper cultural context, providing Indigenous philosophy, knowledge, and skills foundation, a code of ethics, and interviews with First Nations community members Ruth Cook, George Cook, Nella Nelson, and Wedlidi Speck, as well as some aspects of historical context and a description of the Potlatch.
  • A full colour, 16-page creation story with 20 designs is included.
  • Additional topics include contemporary design evolution with 50 examples, 20 designs to draw and paint, and a Quick Reference Chart containing over 100 designs.
  • Volume 2 was first published in 2002 and reprinted in 2007 and 2017. It has sold over 15,000 copies to date.

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    Reviews

    “Volume 2 continues to the be a helpful resource for budding artists and a worthy addition to the bookshelf of any Northwest Coast artist."

    — Andy Everson, Comox First Nations Artist/Anthropologist. Comox, B.C.


    Learning by Designing Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art, Volume 2 is a very thorough, well-researched book that will be of great value to anyone interested in learning more about Northwest Coast First Nations art. The design terminology is straightforward, well explained, and easy to understand. Especially valuable is the separation and consistent identification of different coastal styles: Northern, Mid-coast, ‘west coast,’ and southern coast. This clearly denotes these divergent individual traditions and credits these regions and First Nations with their unique historical design contributions.

    — Steve Brown, Author/Artist, Former Curator of Native American Art, Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, Washington.

     

    “I am even more impressed with this volume than the last. It offers so many new tools and insights that allow one to create imaginative and lively designs that incorporate the numerous elements of the art form. The carver in me got really excited at what I found … The patters are beautiful and the combinations almost endless.

    — F. (Bill) Judt, relief carver, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

     

    “There is so much information packed into this extremely well-written and exhaustively researched second volume, I found myself reading many pages twice, just to make sure that I had absorbed all of the fascinating text … Kudos to Karin Clark and the late Jim Gilbert, whose tireless efforts and endless research have resulted in two classic volumes which are surely destined to find their way as valued additions to libraries, schools, cultural institutions and other places of learning throughout North America.

    — Reg Ashwell, Freelance writer and Northwest Coast art dealer and collector, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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    Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments

    About the Authors

    Preface

    Introduction

    Goals

    Overview of Learning by Designing

    Building on a First Nations Foundation

    Traditional First Nations Code of Ethics

    Twelve Principles of Aboriginal Philosophy

    First Nations Knowledge and Skills Foundation

    Four Worlds Colour Section

    Aboriginal Art within a Cultural Context

    Talking with one contemporary First Nations Family

    Ruth Cook

    George Cook

    Nella Nelson

    Wedlidi Speck

    Introduction to Design

    Formline

    Evolution and Formation of Design Shapes

    Evolution of the Ovoid - The Salmon Egg/Salmon Head Theory

    Two-Dimensional Design Styles

    Semi-Realistic Design Styles

    Extended and Rearranged Design Styles

    Myth Interpretation /Reading a Rearranged Design

    Reading a Two-Dimensional Design

    Overlapping - Depth and Perspective

    Perspective - Birds Wings and Tails

    The Elements - Rain, Clouds, Snow, Water, Ocean

    Trees and Coastal Islands

    Painting and Colours

    Basketry Designs - Geometric, Decorative, Animal, Woven or Painted

    Decorated Garments

    Decorative Garments - Button and Applique

    Contemporary Garments

    Culture & Art Style Regions of the Pacific Northwest Coast

    Map: Four Major Art Style Regions of the Pacific Northwest Coast

    Full Designs in the Style of the Four Art Areas

    North Coast Designs

    Human

    Salmon

    Thunderbird

    Killer Whale

    Wolf

    Mid Coast Designs

    Human

    Salmon

    Thunderbird

    Killer Whale

    Wolf

    South Coast Designs

    Human

    Salmon

    Thunderbird

    Killer Whale

    Wolf

    West Coast of Vancouver Island Designs

    Human

    Salmon

    Thunderbird

    Killer Whale

    Wolf

    Summary Chart

    Quick Reference Charts

    Birds

    Fish

    Humans

    Insects

    Mammals

    Mythological Creatures

    Natural Elements and Heavenly Bodies

    Sea Creatures

    Appendices

    Appendix A: Some Aspects of History of the Coastal First Peoples

    Appendix B: The Potlatch

    Glossary

    Bibliography

    Index

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