Spirit Works takes great pride in our ability to create the perfect piece for any occasion. In the case of these awards Aboriginal Tourism British Columbia put out an request for proposals indicating a budget and criteria. Taking into account the prestige involved in these awards, and our personal respect for the recipients, we wanted to do something special. Each of these awards is an actual bentwood box clad in copper. The design on the side is ATBC’s logo done in chasing, an ancient art form practiced on the B.C. Coast. The lids are inlaid with Abalone shell which is again an age old Coastal tradition.
Spirit Works has experience in handling valuable and delicate works of art and antiquities. There is much involved in respectfully and safely storing and displaying such pieces. In this case Spirit Works was tasked with designing a supporting structure to display an antique canoe carved by the well respected and iconic Nisga’a artist Norman Tait. Because of this antiquity’s fragility the weight of had to be dispersed perfectly even along its keel cross-wise. Using various techniques we provided a perfectly scribed support that will both stabilize the Canoe and remove the stresses that can cause breakdowns within the structure as it ages further.
Spirit Works as always partnered with artists to find the best possible way to showcase their pieces. In this case Cree artist Pat Bruderer was looking for a way to show the intricacy of her Birch Bark Bitings in a classy and stylish manner. Birch Bark Biting is an ancient art form that was practiced in many interior territories within Canada. Artists would use it as a means of recording their stories and history. Spirit Works was pleased to be able to marry this incredible interior art form with our ancient cedars (salvaged) from the Coast.
When protecting your investment in art or antiquities humidity levels should always be a consideration. There has been many a financial and/or cultural loss that has occurred as a result of this factor not being taken into account. Spirit Works has developed cabinets which include humidity control systems.