Men's Wallet - Northern Spirit
Artist: Andy Everson
Creating a tiny chilkat blanket design for some cuddly spirit bears and the opportunity to work with my friend and author, David Bouchard, provided me with enough impetus to once again draw inspiration from the north. Although I may never see one in person, the Kermode, or spirit bear is a mystical creature. A rare genetic occurrence allows about 1 in every 10 black bears to have white fur. What makes this even more rare is that this only occurs along the central coast of British Columbia. Currently there is a movement to protect and adopt the spirit bear as a symbol of BC. Sharing the territory with my northern relatives since time immemorial, Kermode bears clearly reflect a “Northern Spirit.”
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.