Phone: 907.793.3575 or Toll-free: 800.764.3382 |tcf@thecirifoundation.org

ARTShops

  • Permalink Gallery

    A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2019 Kamipiaq Hard Bottom Crimping Class

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2019 Kamipiaq Hard Bottom Crimping Class

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2019 Kamipiaq Hard Bottom Crimping Class The ARTShops program is a collaboration between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and The CIRI Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Arts and Culture grant program. Established in 2016, ARTShops support emerging Alaska Native arts leaders to develop their skills in leading community-based arts programs. Project: ARTShops 2019 Kamipiaq Hard Bottom Crimping Class Alaska State Council on the Arts Partnership Story by: Joni Edwardsen The Kamipiaq Hard Bottom Crimping Class took place in Utqiagvik, Alaska. I held a small group gathering to teach them the process of how to make kamipiaq/maklak hard bottoms out of bearded sealskin. I chose to do a small group to ensure my teaching was intentional through a one-on-one interaction. The class lasted 4 days (evenings) in order for their projects to be complete. The outcome was a success! Each participant learned the skill from start to finish and they feel confident in accomplishing this skill again on their own.
By |January 20th, 2020|A Journey to What Matters, ARTShops, Featured Posts, Project Grant|Comments Off on A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2019 Kamipiaq Hard Bottom Crimping Class
  • Permalink Gallery

    A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2019 Unangan Fishskin Boot Workshop

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2019 Unangan Fishskin Boot Workshop

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2019 Unangan Fishskin Boot Workshop The ARTShops program is a collaboration between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and The CIRI Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Arts and Culture grant program. Established in 2016, ARTShops support emerging Alaska Native arts leaders to develop their skills in leading community-based arts programs. Project: ARTShops 2019 Unangan Fishskin Boot Workshop Alaska State Council on the Arts Partnership Story by: Laresa Syverson At three ARTShop events during the summer and fall of 2019, I shared how to clean and process fish skins to use for sewing projects, with an overarching goal of researching and reclaiming Unangan footwear. After a generous donation of halibut skins from Westward Seafoods for the two fall events, local participants learned how to clean the skins, preserve the skins until ready for sewing, and were given multiple examples of how the drying and manipulating process will give varied results. Participants were given frozen, unprocessed fish skins to take home and use in a project of their own choosing. I am looking forward to having more opportunities to view Unangan footwear in person, forming patterns, and learning the Unangan language for teaching this art. As I learned more about fish skins and how to use them, I also formed working relationships with local people and organizations. Just like there are many fish in the sea with unique skins that are useful for a variety of purposes, there are uniquely skilled people living in my community. I worked with a voice actor for advertising, the processing plants for different skins, and viewed gut sewing and stitching at our Museum. The ARTShop experience will enrich my creative process and my ability to lead within the community for years to come.
By |January 20th, 2020|A Journey to What Matters, ARTShops, Featured Posts, Project Grant|Comments Off on A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2019 Unangan Fishskin Boot Workshop
  • Permalink Gallery

    A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2019 Experimental Qaspeq Construction

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2019 Experimental Qaspeq Construction

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2019 Experimental Qaspeq Construction The ARTShops program is a collaboration between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and The CIRI Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Arts and Culture grant program. Established in 2016, ARTShops support emerging Alaska Native arts leaders to develop their skills in leading community-based arts programs. Project: ARTShops 2019 Qaspeq Sewing Workshop Alaska State Council on the Arts Partnership Story by: Amber Webb During a series of qaspeq-making workshops, I came to a deeper understanding of the ways our cultural garments encourage connection. For thousands of years, the intimate act of making garments to fit the bodies of our loved-ones as a means of protection was also a way we told the world who we are. The act of self-identification through pattern work is a powerful one. During this project, I began noticing the small details that distinguish qaspeq artists and realized that qaspeq construction is as unique as the fingerprints of each person who makes them. Some of us have family patterns, but those of us that lost those can create them for the next generations in our families. The qaspeq is a functional symbol of adaptation and resiliency. Encouraging more people to learn the art of garment construction is a valuable way to assert indigenous identity and worldview. It is a way of knowing who we are. A friend of mine recently told me that indigenous people gain power when they dress like their ancestors did. We make qaspeqs honoring the spirit and ingenuity of the people who came before us.
By |December 20th, 2019|ARTShops, Featured Posts, Project Grant|Comments Off on A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2019 Experimental Qaspeq Construction
  • Permalink Gallery

    A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2019 Iñupiaq Kammak Making Workshop

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2019 Iñupiaq Kammak Making Workshop

Project: ARTShops 2019 Iñupiaq Kammak Making WorkshopAlaska State Council on the Arts PartnershipStory by: Marjorie Kunaq TahboneThe ARTShops program is a collaboration between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and The CIRI Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Arts and Culture grant program. Established in 2016, ARTShops support emerging Alaska Native arts leaders to develop their skills in leading community-based arts programs. Kammak for EVERYONE! is a project that brings seamstresses together to learn the fading practice of making traditional boots called kammak. The goal is to bring back the skills necessary to make kammak so that everyone has the capacity to make their own and for others. As a traditional Iñupiaq dancer I try to make my own regalia but I had a hard time making my own kammak because of the specific skills required to crimp the ugruk soles. With this course we flew in expert seamstress Mary Lou Sours to teach us from start to finish how to make patterns, crimp ugruk, and sew the kammak together. It was a 7-day intensive course that happened in June, and you better believe we used every bit of the 24 hour sunlight to complete our kammak in time.Through the course there were many trial and errors, frustrated students, and sore hands. But our instructor put all her support in us and guided our efforts toward success. It is a very advanced skill to be able to crimp hard bottom soles from ugruk, and the students were learning with little to no knowledge of the material. But throughout this difficult and taxing process we grew together as women and were able to help and support each other.My goal from this class is to teach others how to make their own kammak. I have already two classes scheduled to teach in Unalakleet and Nome in Spring 2020. I know that one day soon EVERYONE will have a pair of their very own kammak
By |December 16th, 2019|ARTShops, Featured Posts, Project Grant|Comments Off on A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2019 Iñupiaq Kammak Making Workshop
  • Permalink Gallery

    A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2018 Lake Iliamna Traditional Seal Parka

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2018 Lake Iliamna Traditional Seal Parka

Project: ARTShops 2018 Lake Iliamna Traditional Seal Parka Alaska State Council on the Arts Partnership Story by: Michelle Ravenmoon The ARTShops program is a collaboration between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and The CIRI Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Arts and Culture grant program. Established in 2016, ARTShops support emerging Alaska Native arts leaders to develop their skills in leading community-based arts programs. For my ARTShop project I hunted seals with my sister Marlene Tilly in the winter of 2018.  Marlene had taught me how to hunt seals on the ice the year before.  I was able to harvest one seal for the project.  Marl taught me the techniques for stretching, scraping, and salting the hide prior to tanning.  I also harvested the seal fat to make seal oil and the meat for the elders in Kokhanok . Annie is the one elder in the area who knows how to make Lake Iliamna traditional-style seal parkas.  All of us taking the class were sewers and we all had never made a parka before.  In traditional times, there were many hunters and who brought seal home. There were also many who knew how to traditionally tan sealskins.  We live in a time when there are less seal hunters and next to no one who tans skins traditionally anymore.  Our problem as fur sewers is that our resources are very expensive and difficult to acquire enough to make a parka.  I talked with Annie and she said our child-sized parka we made and its great worth because of the time, furs, and intellectual and cultural knowledge put into it.  Some of us have never had the opportunity to learn because of our limited resources, including someone to teach us.  This grant has given us an extraordinary opportunity to learn when many of us simply do not have the resources to do it on our own.It was peaceful to watch the ladies interact and fall into a time old tradition of gathering together, working on a community project and enjoying themselves.  We could have been gathered a hundred years ago and it would be no different in our discussions.  We told stories, laughed, and shared about our loved ones as we sewed.  Many of the women said that this needs to happen more often.   We remembered how important gathering and working together is.  I feel like we all greatly benefited from the project, especially since we all gained knowledge of how to make a seal skin parka. The gathering together of women working on a collaborative project was not something that is done often these days and it was a great reminder of our roots and how this would be something our ancestors easily did.  It was warming to my heart to be part of this process.  I had no idea how traditional culture would shine through in a project such as this. We had limited time, we were adding some non-traditional techniques such as using a sewing machine for the non-fur lining, and we were sitting in the local bingo hall.  I was impressed to hear the women starting to share our traditional languages (Yupiq and Dena’ina) as we put the parka together.  I was able to gather some stories from the women on how they were taught, which was by observation, then by trying on their own.  I was also impressed with watching how we got along, and the balance of the class. I watched as there were some power struggles between sewers, but how Annie took authority with gentleness and kindness.  She never said a negative word to anyone but she did tell us when we did something wrong and we had to correct it.  We were taught how to make the parka the “right way.” #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */
By |March 6th, 2019|ARTShops, Featured Posts, Project Grant|Comments Off on A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2018 Lake Iliamna Traditional Seal Parka
  • Permalink Gallery

    A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2018 Fish Wheel to Fish Skins

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2018 Fish Wheel to Fish Skins

Project: ARTShops 2018 Fish Wheel to Fish Skins Alaska State Council on the Arts Partnership Story by: Rochelle Adams The ARTShops program is a collaboration between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and The CIRI Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Arts and Culture grant program. Established in 2016, ARTShops support emerging Alaska Native arts leaders to develop their skills in leading community-based arts programs. One of the main things that I loved about this project was that it took place at home with the people I know and love. We worked together in the comfort of our own homes, in our own natural way that we communicate, learn and organize with one another, on our own lands and waters. It was very good to support that and to do this work with a strong foundation of our values and our own ways of knowing and being. Such as how we are respectful with each other, we place the utmost respect on our land while we are gathering materials, as we are on the River, while we have our fish wheel turning and in the smokehouse. We practiced our value of sharing and hard work together. This was a big success! #gallery-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 20%; } #gallery-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */
By |March 6th, 2019|ARTShops, Featured Posts, Project Grant|Comments Off on A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2018 Fish Wheel to Fish Skins
  • Permalink Gallery

    A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2018 Utqiagvik Bleached Seal Skin

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2018 Utqiagvik Bleached Seal Skin

Project: ARTShops 2018 Utqiagvik Bleached Seal Skin Alaska State Council on the Arts Partnership Story by: Bobby Lynn Itta The ARTShops program is a collaboration between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and The CIRI Foundation’s A Journey to What […]
By |February 19th, 2019|ARTShops, Featured Posts|Comments Off on A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2018 Utqiagvik Bleached Seal Skin
  • Permalink Gallery

    A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2017 Alumni Room

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2017 Alumni Room

Project: ARTShops 2017 Alumni Room        Alaska State Council on the Arts Partnership Story by: Mary Goddard The ARTShops program is a collaboration between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and The CIRI Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters: […]
By |February 27th, 2018|A Journey to What Matters, ARTShops, Featured Posts, Project Grant|Comments Off on A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2017 Alumni Room
  • Permalink Gallery

    A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership– ArtShops 2017 Objects of Research

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership– ArtShops 2017 Objects of Research

Project: ArtShops 2017 Objects of Research Alaska State Council on the Arts Partnership Written by: Melissa Shaginoff, ArtShop Leader The ArtShops program is a collaboration between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and The CIRI Foundation’s A Journey […]
By |February 21st, 2018|A Journey to What Matters, ARTShops, Featured Posts, Project Grant|Comments Off on A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership– ArtShops 2017 Objects of Research
  • Permalink Gallery

    A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ArtShops 2017 Kokhanok Grass Basket Class

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ArtShops 2017 Kokhanok Grass Basket Class

Project: ArtShops 2017 Grass Basket Class in Kokhanok Alaska State Council on the Arts Partnership Written by: Marlene Nielsen, 2017 ArtShop Leader The ArtShops program is a collaboration between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and The […]
By |February 16th, 2018|A Journey to What Matters, ARTShops, Featured Posts, Project Grant|Comments Off on A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ArtShops 2017 Kokhanok Grass Basket Class