Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Marlene Liddle, Haida Cedar Bark Weaver

MarleneLiddle was born on Haida Gwaii, BC, Canada.  She is Haida of the Yahgulanaas Clan, Raven moiety, descendent from a long line of renowned Haida artists and carvers.
Yellow Cedar Bark twined Beret
She started her apprenticeship with the gathering and preparation of cedar bark in 2000 and in the summer of 2008 her mentor and Master Weaver Christine Carty offered to teach her how to weave.  Marlene worked with Christine Carty for an entire year. 
Drawing inspiration from researching into other styles and techniques, Marlene began to branch off into a more contemporary style of weaving, including hats that incorporate twilling and (New Zealand) Maori patterns. 
Marlene uses traditional materials of Red and Yellow Cedar, but also combines with steel, brass and copper.  Marlene was a recipient of the BC Creative Achievement Award First Nations' Art for her cedar weaving.

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