Up Umbrella - The Story is in the Soil
Artist: Andy Everson
Design by Kwakwaka'wakw Artist Andy Everson.
"Skulls bring up a wide gamut of emotions in people. Each and every one represents a life lived and a life lost. We honour that our ancestors are now in the ground. They surround us… the story is in the soil." - Andy Everson
This is a revolutionary design where the umbrella opens up-side-down, so you stay dry when you get in the door or the car. It is also a self-standing umbrella that not only makes a beautiful display, but also keeps the moisture inside to keep your floor clean.
About The Artist
Andy Everson was born in Comox B.C. in 1972 and named Nagedzi after his grandfather, Chief Andy Frank. His cultural interests lay with both his Comox and Kwakwaka'wakw ancestries and are expressed through dancing, singing, and even the pursuit of a Master's degree in anthropology. Andy feels that my artwork stands on par with these other accomplishments.
Although he began drawing Northwest Coast art at an early age, his first serious attempt wasn't until 1990 when He started designing and painting chilkat-style blankets for use in potlatch dancing. From these early self-taught lessons he has tried to follow in the footsteps of m Kwakiutl relatives in creating bold and unique representations that remain rooted in the age-old traditions of his ancestors.