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ANN SEAWEED

Ann Seaweed was born in 1961 to Gordon Mellish and Jane Isaac in ‘Yalis / Alert Bay of Kwag'ut (Kwakwaka'wakw) and Sto:lo (Coast Salish) ancestry.

 

In the early 1980’s when she entered motherhood, Seaweed felt inspired to learn the art of jewelry making, as a means for working and earning income from home. In 1986, she began experimenting with Kwakwaka’wakw form-line and design, as well as engraving sterling silver and gold under the guidance of fellow Kwakwaka’wakw jeweler Alfred Seaweed.

 

Seaweed was one of the first ‘Namgis female jewelers to sell her work in the art market, quickly gaining her place as a respected and professional First Nations artist.

 

She is well known for her original ideas including her bubble pendants, which are often carved on both sides. Her delicate silver and gold beads appeal to bead and jewelry collectors who wear them on necklaces, Pandora and Troll Bracelets, or slip them onto hoop earrings.

 

Ann Seaweed participated in Copper Moon Gallery’s annual Spirit Pumpkin Fundraiser, which involved carving pumpkins with native designs which were sold, with donations going to the Loaves and Fished program in Nanaimo.

 

Seaweed recently graduated from Vancouver Island University with a BA in Social Work and is working in her field, but will continue to feed her passion as a creative artist and jeweler.

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