Friday, February 16, 2007

Canadian Aboriginal Tribal Women Learn Fabric Painting

Last fall, Michelle Newman, a visiting textile designer and teacher, visited the Redwings Custom Design Studio on the Canadian Aboriginal Siksika Nation which is about an hour east of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She gave a seminar on fabric painting to a group of Canadian Aboriginal tribal women (Blackfoot) who then produced some striking rainbow colored shawls from satin cloth.

The goal was to introduce new skills to the women so that they could apply their traditional Canadian Aboriginal tribal designs to create new products that could earn income. This plan was much like what happened with the Inuit in the Arctic when print making and new carving tools were introduced to them which they used for making their Inuit art.

See Free Spirit Gallery for examples of Canadian Aboriginal tribal art.

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