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VIU Totem poles are complete, June 5 Reawakening and 11, Celebration

Carving a totem pole, May update

Only a few days left before the pole is raised.
The official ceremony will be on June 11th, 2015.

Quite a bit has happened since the last update. Low man on the totem pole wins. Both carvers, Qwaya Sam and Noel Brown were awarded the top parts of their respective poles. Sort of make sense to me to keep the style the same throughout the whole length of the art piece. Unity.

Tackling the top part of the pole, big tools.

Tackling the top part of the pole, big tools.

Kelly Robinson carving on the Thunderbird.

Kelly Robinson carving on the Thunderbird.

Fairly easy to coax family members or passersby to help in rolling and securing the pole.

Fairly easy to coax family members or passersby to help in rolling and securing the pole.

Daily Public Relations sessions, sharing the story of the pole and the carvers' work.

Daily, impromptu, Public Relations sessions, sharing the story of the pole and the carvers’ work.

Justine, Eric, Andre, Miles, enjoying the atmosphere in the carving tent.

Justine, Eric, Andre, Miles, enjoying the atmosphere in the carving tent.

Josette, Qwaya the Storyteller and Terri. Wonderful exploits of heroic whalers past.

Josette, Qwaya the Storyteller and Terri. Wonderful exploits of heroic whalers past.

Deux apparitions. Elise et le lapin. Premiere fois qu'il ose entrer dans la tente!

Deux apparitions. Elise et le lapin. Premiere fois qu’il ose entrer dans la tente!

Masks on Display at the McMillan Arts Centre – only 4 days left

My masks and carving are on display for a few more days at the McMillan Arts Centre.

 http://mcmillanartscentre.com/march-exhibits-mac/

McMillan-Arts-Centre

McMillan-Arts-Centre

http://www.pqbnews.com/community/295195161.html

Texture and details at the MAC

Texture and details at the MAC

http://www.pqbnews.com/entertainment/296586661.html

March 2015 MAC in PQBnews

March 2015 MAC in PQBnews

Only four days left before the show is taken down. But in case you can’t make it, here are a few photos. Thanks for your support. See you next time!

MAC reception

MAC reception – Qwaya’s interview

The Two Ravens and Hand me the Salad Bowl

The Two Ravens and Hand me the Salad Bowl

Carving the Bad Ass Raven Mask

Raven-mask-by-Francine-Champagne

It has been a while brewing in the back of my mind to carve a huge raven. Strayed from the traditional, to make it my own. Years in the making. The first months of the project can be viewed on another post.

November 2011 to February 2015

Bad Ass Cannibal Raven made its way indoors for tweaking and painting

Bad Ass Raven made its way indoors for tweaking

A very loud beak!

A very loud beak!

A few more tweaks to go, some final surface cuts

A few more tweaks to go, some final surface cuts

2013 October

A few more tweaks to go, some final surface cuts

This is it, started to paint the Bad Ass Raven

2013 November

Black Red and blue paint on the Raven

Black Red and blue paint on the Raven

Bad Ass Cannibal Raven, open beak

Bad Ass Raven, open beak

Poor bugger looks fairly battered. Tough life.

Multiple layers of gouache and graphite dust to achieve the Raven's beak texture

Multiple layers of gouache and graphite dust to achieve the Raven’s beak texture

 

2015 February

Never thought I would end up doing rug-hooking! Tried horse tail hair, yak fur, mountain goat fur. None provided the punky “Bad Ass” style I was looking for. I’ll be playing with that needle and raffia for a few more weeks (months).

Raffia dyed black, with blue and red shades deep within

Raffia dyed black, with blue and red shades deep within

It took as many hours to do the hair as it did the Raven.

The Bad Ass Raven, as well as other masks, will be on display at the McMillan Arts Center from March 3, 2015 to March 28th. http://mcmillanartscentre.com/march-exhibits-mac/

The Opening Reception is on Saturday, March 7th from 1:00 – 3:30 pm.

Hope to see you there.

Raven mask by Francine Champagne

Raven mask by Francine Champagne. All done!

 

Carving a totem pole, January update

It’s a big chunk of wood!

Still a bit of shaping to do, this is mid November

Still a bit of shaping to do, this is mid November

Flying hands

Flying hands

A bit of public relations for the University and the project

A bit of public relations for the University and the totem project

Temporary view from the top of the Whaler's head

Temporary view from the top of the Whaler’s head

Whaler getting ready to hold his harpoon. Some days are cold. Still no heater in here.

Whaler getting ready to hold his harpoon. Some days are cold. Still no heater in here. Other than that tiny bagel toaster!

From the belly of the Wolf, looking to the top of the pole.

From the belly of the Wolf, looking to the top of the pole.

Tex working on some Wolf hair texture.

Tex working on some Wolf hair texture.

Ooooooo, brand new Brodie blade!

Ooooooo, brand new Brodie blade!

Inching our way across the pole, shaping, refining, texturing.

Inching our way across the pole, shaping, refining, texturing.

Getting cold in December. Nice hat Dude.

Getting cold in December. Nice hat Dude (Qwaya Sam).

Hold your breath. Starting to paint one side.

Hold your breath. Starting to paint one side.

Ok, exhale. Shake my head.

Ok, exhale. Shake my head.

Testing the harpoon for size with Haishtuup.

Testing the harpoon for size with Haishtuup.

Authentic harpoon head, and the materials to be used to make a replica.

Authentic harpoon head, and the materials to be used to make a replica.

Tex, wielding a BIG tool. Also to be replicated by master blade maker, Brodie.

Tex, wielding a BIG tool. Also to be replicated by master blade maker, Brodie.

C'est le pied!

C’est le pied!

Qwaya Sam and I. A few days before holiday break.

Qwaya Sam and I. A few days before holiday break.

Noel Brown and Qwaya Sam.

Noel Brown and Qwaya Sam.

Mid January, we have started to tackle the other side of the pole. Seeing the end.

Mid January, we have started to tackle the other side of the pole. Seeing the end.

Bottom end of Noel's pole.

Bottom end of Noel’s pole.

Higher up on Noel's pole.

Higher up on Noel’s pole.

Carving a totem pole

Fortunate enough to have met Qwaya Sam at the Carving on the Edge Festival. He invited me to see his carving of a totem pole at VIU (Vancouver Island University). I asked if he needed help. He invited me to carve with him. Ecstatic!

Two poles, four carvers. South pole: Qwaya Sam and George Hunt Jr. North pole: Noel Brown and Thomas Jones.

Two tents by the Gathering Place

Two tents by the Gathering Place at VIU, Nanaimo, B.C.

Qwaya with a little bit of pole dancing!

Qwaya with a little bit of pole dancing!

32 foot red cedar tree, won't be many left for future generations to carve with all that logging on the Island!

32 foot red cedar tree, won’t be many left for future generations to carve with all that logging on the Island!

All manner of tools, gouges, chisels, crooked knives and chainsaws

All manner of tools, gouges, chisels, crooked knives and chainsaws

Qwaya Sam, 2014 totem pole carving

Qwaya Sam, 2014 totem pole carving

Texturing the forehead of the Whaler

Texturing the forehead of the Whaler

Paul-Wyse-Seward-and-his-chainsaw-jive

Paul-Wyse-Seward-and-his-chainsaw-jive

Assistant-Pole-Carver

Assistant-Pole-Carver

George-Jr-Hunt

George-Jr-Hunt

Qwaya's handy work

Qwaya’s handy work

... and more handy work

… and more handy work

 

 

 

My Stories through masks

My Stories Now 

Born with a blank slate, it took me a while to have something pertinent to say. The right medium to express it. And the mastered technique. These you will find nowhere else, as they are solidly, my stories, the people I have met, the experiences I have lived. Some of these you may want to attach your own interpretations, that would be excellent. Many other masks, in the First Nations style, were carved in previous years, see blog post, Apprenticeship Years and Wandering Explorations.

Little Bandit, Raccoon Mask

Little Bandit, Raccoon Mask, ©2014 Champagne

, ©2014 Champagne

Bad Ass Raven Mask, ©2014 Champagne

Deer Bowl, ©2014 Champagne

Deer Bowl, ©2010 Champagne

Tide Woman Mask, ©2014 Champagne

Tide Woman Mask, ©2014 Champagne

Polarity Twins

Polarity Twins Masks, ©2014 Champagne

Beach People, aka Condo Dwellers

Beach People Mask, aka Condo Dwellers Mask, ©2014 Champagne

La Ventouse Mask, ©2014 Champagne

La Ventouse Mask, ©2014 Champagne

Oblivious, Obviously

Oblivious Obviously Mask, ©2014 Champagne

Modern Medicine Mask, aka, Pill Pusher Mask, ©2014 Champagne

Modern Medicine Mask, aka, Pill Pusher Mask, ©2014 Champagne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wandering Explorations

Wandering Explorations 

Going back in time. Straying from the Master’s narrow trails. Finding off spurs to explore. Somewhat similar in style. An eagerness to go beyond. Overlapping bands of time and carving styles.

Raven Man Transforming 1, ©2003 Champagne

Raven Man Transforming Mask 1, ©2003 Champagne

Raven Man Transforming 2, ©2005 Champagne

Raven Man Transforming 2, ©2005 Champagne

Raven Man Transforming 3, ©2014 Champagne

Raven Man Transforming 3, ©2014 Champagne

White Raven Mask, ©2012 Champagne

White Raven Mask, ©2012 Champagne

Julchen Hund Mask, ©2003 Champagne

Julchen Hund Mask, ©2003 Champagne

 

Hand Me the Salad Bowl 1, ©2005 Champagne

Hand Me the Salad Bowl 1, ©2005 Champagne

Hand Me the Salad Bowl 2, ©2006 Champagne

Hand Me the Salad Bowl 2, ©2006 Champagne

Warhol Dzonukwa 4, ©2010 Champagne

Warhol Dzonukwa 4, ©2010 Champagne

Serene Moon, ©2007 Champagne

Serene Moon Mask, ©2007 Champagne

Eck Master Moon, ©2004 Champagne

Eck Master Moon Mask, ©2004 Champagne

Cajun Moon, ©2006 Champagne

Cajun Moon Mask, ©2006 Champagne

Hummingbird Tessellation in Pyrography, ©2014 Champagne

Hummingbird Tessellation in Pyrography, ©2014 Champagne

Sam's Raccoon Mask, ©2009 Champagne

Sam’s Raccoon Mask, ©2009 Champagne

 

 

 

West Coast style masks

The Apprenticeship years

When the student is ready, the master appears. Thanks Rick, Herb and Butch, for all that you have taught me. Wonderful years of learning, by copying the masters.

Bear Mask, Mulji Family, ©2009 Champagne

Bear Mask, Mulji Family, ©2009 Champagne

Shark Woman Mask, ©2011 Champagne

Shark Woman Mask, ©2011 Champagne

Wolf Man Transformation Mask, ©2007 Champagne

Wolf Man Transformation Mask, ©2007 Champagne

First Dzonukwa, ©2003 Champagne

First Dzonukwa Mask, ©2003 Champagne

Second Dzonukwa, ©2003 Champagne

Second Dzonukwa Mask, ©2003 Champagne

Third Dzonukwa, ©2007 Champagne

Third Dzonukwa Mask, ©2007 Champagne

Second Raven Mask, ©2011 Champagne

Second Raven Mask, ©2011 Champagne

Chinook Mask, homage to Mark Mickey 2006

Chinook Mask, homage to Mark Mickey 2006

Frog People Fleeing the Bear, 2003 Champagne

Frog People Fleeing the Bear, 2003 Champagne

Gagiid Mask, Homage to Davidson, 2004 Champagne

Gagiid Mask, Homage to Davidson, 2004 Champagne

Grouse Rattle, Homage to Joe David, 2003 Champagne

Grouse Rattle, Homage to Joe David through Rick, 2003 Champagne

Raven Steals the Moon, 2003 Champagne

Raven Steals the Moon, 2003 Champagne

First Totem Pole,  2012 Champagne

First Totem Pole, 2012 Champagne