|In the museum world, this is something to celebrate!|
Gwaai and Jaalen arrived on September 1st and it was wonderful to bring them together with both boxes in the same space, on the same continent! They began by having a close look at the box. Having worked from photographs that flattened the carved design into a two-dimensional image, it was important to think about carving angles, v grooves, planes, and how all of this worked with the formline design. They also thought a bit more about the box carver’s ‘tells,’ his characteristic use of formline and planes.
|And so is this: Haida artists together with the box. Gwaai and Jaalen reacquaint themselves with the box's complexity|
Then they took the tracing of the design they had made from the scale photographs and began applying the design to the new box
|tracing of design overlaid onto scale photograph of front of box|
And finally they began to paint. Some of the key parts of the design are painted before carving so the paint doesn’t run into the carved areas.
|beginning to paint the design outline|
And finally they were able to begin carving. Now things get interesting…
All photographs in this blog post are by Laura Peers.