Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Abigail Jayne Art Re-opening!

After a long pause . . . . . . . . . . . .   :)  
Abigail Jayne Art is reopening on Etsy!  

I'm excited about offering my textile art and wrist cuffs again!  Also working on several new projects that I will be sharing here in the blog in the near future.   It's been a long while since I have done this type of creating, since I was busy writing my first novel.  (More about my book in my other blog when it is available.)

Textured bracelet

Unique wrist cuff in red and gray with antique coin

Wall Art - Summer - SOLD
Hope you will go over and take a look at the  listings and maybe, if you feel inclined, share on your social media sites.

Abigail Jayne Art -

Friday, June 26, 2015

Tlingit Home Decoration - Part Four

The Tlingit peoples lived communally through the winter months in large shelters housing about 40 people.  They are dark inside with a large fenced sunken area in the center for cooking and an open fire for warmth.  I have taken pictures of the inside decorations, hope you can see them! (Lights are for tourists, but our eyes still had to adjust.)

Notice that the house pillars are also carved.

Fence around the cooking/fire area

picture of native celebration and dress
"Thank you" for following this totem series!

P.S.  If you enjoyed this series and it was good, 
please leave a comment and say, Yak' ei, meaning "good" 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Decorating and Finishing a Totem Pole - Part Three

(Part three of a four part series.)

Welcome back, ax xoonie!  (My friend)

Totem pole decorations, done by these Alaskan native people, were primarily painted three colors, Red, Black and Turquoise.  Paint ingredients were readily obtained and processed from elements in the world around them.

Totems were placed at the dwelling places of each clan, almost as a sign, or address pole.  The designs told their story and were basically part of their identity (We might say, today, part of our 'brand').  Each story is told from the top down. Each figure is a section of the story.

These pictures show the nearly finished totem, being painted.

Take a closer look, see the paint cans?  Our guide, Joey, said that it easier to buy the ready made paint these days, than to use the old process of having the native women chew salmon eggs and minerals to make it!  :)

Another picture of the size.  See the notch in the bottom of this pole?  Modern regulations will not allow poles to be set in the ground like the people used to do.  This notch is for a steel pole set in cement to secure and attach the pole.  Even so, the people will no longer use the old methods of team work to set the pole up, but will bring in a crane and have a huge party (called a potlatch) to celebrate!

Part four tomorrow about other art and decorations that the native peoples used.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sea Monsters At Potlatch Park

I gu.aa yax x'wan!
"Be brave" in Tlingit (native Alaskan language)

These "totem poles" were made of curved trees to stand guard at the river's edge.  They were later decorated by non-native peoples.  Each tile was painted by a child visitor from a Disney cruise ship! Look closely and you may see a modern signature on one of them!

P.S.  Tomorrow, back to the totem series!