Background: • Roy Henry Vickers is a First Nations Canadian artist born in Northern B.C. • He is best known for his limited edition prints, but is also a carver, and author. • His work is a fusion of traditional and contemporary, personal and universal. • It is evident in his artwork that he has great love and respect for the magnificent natural beauty of the West Coast • http://www.royhenryvickers.com/artist
Eagle Aerie Gallery • Roy Vickers owns a gallery in Tofino B.C. which welcomes more than 200,000 visitors a year. • The gallery is a traditional northwest coast longhouse built by Roy in 1986 • He has received many awards and honours for his art and community involvement. Among them are a hereditary chieftainship and several hereditary names received from Northwest Coast First Nations.
Raven Brings the Light • This story tells of a boy named Weget who fulfils his destiny by bringing light to the world. He journeys from HaidaGwaii into the sky and captures the daylight by tricking the Chief of the Heavens. • It’s a story that Vickers — whose father was a mix of Tsimshian, Haida and Heiltsuk — says is common to many Northwest coastal communities. It’s been passed down for generations and has been traced back at least 3,000 years by archeologists who found petroglyphs up and down the Nass and Skeena Rivers.
Serigraphy: • Also known as silkscreen or screen-printing, serigraphy is a method of printmaking in which an image is imposed on a silk or other fine mesh. Blank areas are coated with an impermeable substance, and ink is forced through the mesh onto the printing surface.
DIY Silkscreening: http://onegoldenapple.blogspot.ca/2009/05/simple-silk-screening-with-kids-or-not.html • Materials: • -foam core • -contact paper (shelf liner) • -sharpie pen • -craft knife • -12xx silk screen fabric (you can get this online or at an art store) • -screen printing inks (also at the art store) • -squeegee • -stapler • -masking tape • -plastic spoon or tongue depressor