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Thursday, June 30, 2016

CBC article about our exhibit


My textile art contribution to the Indian Giver exhibit was the featured photo for CBC article

My goal with this installation was to explore the notion of what if.... specifically, what if Indigenous art was not outlawed by the Indian Act provision known as the Potlatch Ban.

This ban forbid and criminalized Indigenous peoples art, language and ceremonies throughout Canada between 1884-1951. 
Me and my installation outfits that honour my late grandparents Eagle and Killer Whale clans

I made the likeness of a lady and gentleman's outfit from 1884. Although I did use my contemporary sewing machines for the bulk of this work, I did have countless hours of hand-sewing. Within those hours, my mind wandered through time remembering my late grandma Ida Swan August Shish and how she loved sewing and knitting. 

The reason for making this period piece, is to set a foundation of a larger dream. My bigger vision is to collaborate with a diverse group of Indigenous textile artists/designers to generate an Indigenous fashion timeline to show how Indigenous artistic aesthetic would have showcased stunning works... had we not been outlawed...

To see the full CBC article follow this link

Preaching to the choir - Indigenous Fashion Appropriation Panel

I was honoured to be among a roster of talented Indigenous artists who work with Native Women in the Arts worked and
on a national textile art project to tackle the topic of appropriation.

The wrap-up of the  INDIAN GIVER - An Exhibition of Fashion, Textiles & Wearable Art  exhibit revolved around a panel I feel privileged to have been invited to participate. It did not take long to feel like we had a panel of converts agreeing with one another and we were preaching to the choir. This felt like an important start to the conversation and shifting a roomful of attitudes is a humble beginning. 

With hope, we can see a future where the fashion industry stops stealing Indigenous art styles and works to advance Indigenous artists to tell their own authentic stories through their works.

To watch the panel discussion follow this link

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

ANDPVA Red Revue!

My next sales event
is at the upcoming Red Revue 
hosted by ANDPVA


Mark your calendar for a night of great entertainment 
and some authentic Indigenous 
gifts to share with your loved ones!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Gearing up for some Wild Wear Sales Tables

 
 
Here is a sampling of what I will have at my upcoming
Wild Wear ~ Indigenous Fusion for All Seasons
Sales Table
just in time for holiday shopping!
 
Upcoming Sales Events in Toronto 
Nov 21-22 Indigenous & Ingenious Show & Sale Dec 5 Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
 
Merchandise includes:
~ Clothing rack of textile art for men, but mostly women's 
casual, business and formal attire
~ Selection of cedar bark accents on belts
~ Fleece hats with applique
~ Hand-stitched Sleeping Masks
with three-words-more or less
(with playful adult content...)
~ Hand-beaded and porcupine quill earrings
ranging from $10-$30
~ Beverage covers with Indigenous stylized fabric
~ Tissue Covers & Privacy Pouches
that are great for stocking stuffers!


 



Sunday, October 25, 2015

YouTube Video of Tantoo Cardinal sharing her acceptance speech!


What an honour to have the talented
Indigenous actor Tantoo Cardinal
rent one of my gala gowns
to accept her
ACTRA Toronto Award in Excellence.

 
If you have a formal event to attend
and want a gala outfit with distinct
Indigenous textile art to add
a statement of cultural pride
email me kooous@gmail.com
to arrange a fitting to purchase or rent
one of my creations or select
from outfits in my collection from
fellow Indigenous textile artist.

Rentals include fitting, accessories if required and cleaning.

 

Indigenous & Ingenious Show and Sale Nov 21 & 22

 
Wondering where you can get authentic Indigenous art as gifts for the holiday season?
 
Join me an a talented line-up of Indigenous artists
November 21 & 22, 2015
 in Toronto!
 
 
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Next Wild Wear Sales event March 28th @ Native Canadian Centre of Toronto!

feathers 
If you are wondering where you can buy my
distinct Nuu-chah-nulth Wild Wear
textile art creations...

MARK YOU CALENDAR!
Saturday, March 28th, 2015
and attend the
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
Spring Craft Fair
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Or email kooous@gmail.com
to book an appointment
to visit and fitting!