cedar, fishing line, pine, plastic
The Scarcity of Craft was a piece based around reclaiming, it explored weaving as a traditional craft but in a contemporary way, in that I used the cube as a shape of the weaved object. I wanted to reconnect with the aboriginal community in a way that seemed very natural and traditional.
My mother has become very involved in the aboriginal community in and around Vancouver so I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity and learn something new from the community. My mom asked a friend, who is a master weaver, if she would be able to teach us how to cedar weave. Cedar weaving was used to make baskets, hats and cradles on the west coast of North America. We spent an afternoon weaving with local weavers in a circle, listening to stories and learning from each other. This was a moment that I felt the most connect with my Cree and Metis ancestral heritage.
This piece consists of 16 weaved cubes and the rest are plastic clones that overshadow the cedar pieces in the background. This installation is commenting on the westernization of products and the take over of western manufacturing developments within North America. Mass production is something that has become the norm and hand made objects are scarcely found within the Americas.