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 Are you interested in sending in a photo of your finished product to us for hints and suggestions? If you have used our books to create any artwork, we would be please to publish it on this page. Mail us a photo (or a .gif by email.) We will scan the photo and place it here. If you have several pictures of your work as it progresses through the stages before it's competion would be good also. Your personal information will be optional. Send your information to our address on the Contact Us Page with instructions as to whether you are seeking our feedback or to have your photo or a .gif published on this site.


 

My design needed to fit in a very close given perimeter, so I had to modify the background with some light quilting (waves) which would not be on a true button blanket, and I’m afraid, I didn’t know about the black gap along the neckline to “let the smoke escape”.

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  Button Blanket

  The title (and statement) which will travel with the quilt is:
Salish Salmon captures the spirit of the salmon according Wedlidi Speck: Oh Swimmer, life-bringer, your return brings warmth to our hearts, comforts our bodies, and reminds us of the promise of tomorrow.
Lisa Jenni, Redmond/WA member of the Association of Northwest Quilter

 

I have been carving since about 2000. I have studied Northwest native art and your books Learning by Doing and Learning by Designing have helped me to understand a lot of this wonderful art. Last year I travelled to the west coast of Canada and visited a lot of museums, galleries an villages. I saw many, many totem-poles and hundreds of masks. At home I carve every minute I have time for. Thank you for your books, Wilfried Vonderbank, Germany.

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  Button Blanket

 

This is my first completed project using the 3 "Learning by Doing/Designing" books.

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  Basswood carving
  Salmon carving

  This is done on basswood 8' x 12" with abalone shell for the eye. A couple of years ago I took a class with Master Carver Herb Rice from Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island. Some time Iater I purchased your first 3 books. Peter Farrow San Jose, California

I just wanted to say thanks to Karin Clark and Jim Gilbert. I bought Learning by Doing and followed their exercises and designs and came up with this world-class mailbox.

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  mailbox

  Click on this text to view more pictures from Mr. Wilson's website

One of the main reasons for producing our books was to teach young people how to create the NW Coast art. Here are some great examples from a school in California. Rae Chalin, and her first grade classmates at Open Charter Magnet School. Under the supervision of Denise Meyer, parent volunteer assisting in a special unit project on multicultural day about NorthWest Coast Native Indian art.

  school kids drawing

This beautiful carving by Brian Davis of the Northwest Coast Native Indian bear, "Learning By Designing", then modified the designs and formlines. For more information on these items.

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  Carving
            using west coast northwest Native Indian art base
  Northwest coast form used with 
elk design
  Northwest coast form used 
with orca design
  Northwest coast formline 
used with killer whale

"Last summer while we were visiting Tofino I purchased your book,"Learning by Doing". The attachment is the result. Thank you for your wonderful book. Kathleen Johnston Albany, CA"

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  Large quilt

Here is some very unique glasswork done by Phil Barber, from Pennsilvania USA. Here are Phil's description of his style: "....remember I'm just experimenting with these....just getting started. I've gotten some good response from them. Your designs make the sky the limit. These are fused glass pieces using Spectrum glass which is located in the state of Washington. Each piece of glass is cut by hand and stacked to be fused. The Killer Whale and the other piece measure about 18" across and stand about 11" high. They stand on a fused glass base. "

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To purchase these items E-mail: Phil Barbers for a quote. ( pbarbers@dejazzd.com )
  Fused glass using west coast northwest Native Indian 
             art base
  Fused glass using west coast
 northwest Native Indian art base

These beautiful crosstitch artworks by Sheron Ruffell are excellent examples of what can be accomplished using contemporary backgrounds mixed with the Northwest Coast Native Indian formlines as described in our books. Sheron used step by step instructions from the book, "Learning By Designing", then modified the designs and formlines. Her work is for sale;  contact us us if you wish to purchase or want more information on these items.

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  crosstitch 
            using west coast northwest Native Indian art base
  Northwest coast form used with
 elk design
  Northwest coast form used with
 orca design
  Northwest coast formline used 
with killer whale

Update, Spring 2001
I just thought I'd drop you a line along with a couple of photos of 2 paddles my son George Brown painted for us. He found the book Learning by Designing very helpful & informative in his new venture painting Native Art. Actually I think he did a super job & I'm very proud of his talent

  Traditional wooden paddles using northwest coast 
            Native Indian design
  Traditional wooden paddles using northwest coast 
            Native Indian design

The following artwork was sent in by Mr. J. Boyer of Comox, B.C. The whale is crosstitched and measures about 11 by 9 inches. The book Learning by Doing Northwest Coast Native Indian Art, was used extensively and Mr. Boyer made excellent use of a lot of Native art shapes. These include: Basic Ovoids, Ovoid with eyelid and the split "U". A job well done which required a lot of patience.

 crosstitched whale by JB

These next artworks are stained glass mosaic table tops. The tables will be used in the local cafe in Comox Valley, Vancouver Island. Leftover stained glass pieces were used to assemble these eyecatching tabletops using designs and step by step instructions from our book, "Learning By Doing".

 table top stained glass mosaic 
native indian art eagle
 table top stained glass mosaic 
native indian art eagle


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