Men's Wallet - Metaphorphsis
Artist: Andy Everson
There are numerous times in one’s life when one undergoes some sort of transformation. For many, this may come about through graduating from school, changing jobs, or even the death of a loved one. For me, the marriage to my wife, Nicole, and the birth of my daughter, Claire, brought about this “Metamorphosis.”
This design is done in a style reminiscent of the Coast Salish spindle whorl. In the centre is a human figure with outstretched arms. In the arms are the profiles of eagle heads and in the body is another eagle face. If one were to turn the design upside down, two other eagle faces would be evident—a diving eagle and one in the tail. The eagle is one of my family’s primary crests. The upside-down face in the centre symbolizes the spirit of the human.
Surrounding the transforming human/eagle figure are two swans. Trumpeter swans are notable to me for two reasons: they nest in the Comox Valley and they mate for life. The swans in this print represent the transformative people in my little family—Nicole and Claire. They make me a better person.
Material: Durable, vegan, man-made faux leather.
Measurements: Approximately 4.5 x 3.75 inches.
Details: 9 credit card slots, large money pocket, clear plastic id slot and 4 additional pockets.
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.