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Canada

Innocent Victims

Submitted by: Blake Williams

Materials: Photographic print

As the Covid-19 pandemic began we have seen that it doesn’t affect us all in the same way. Economically many are doing fine, many especially the low wage workers have taken a larger hit to their physical and financial health. The seniors community has suffered the most deaths while living in homes where the virus spread virtually unchecked in the early days of the pandemic.

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Canada

Behind Glass: a Harp in Lockdown

Submitted by: Lori Pappajohn

Materials: Harp, window, garden.

“While we musicians are in lockdown — so are our instruments which can no longer bring joy to people’s hearts as they too are locked Behind Glass. In isolation my harps have kept me company.”

More photos at www.WinterHarp.com.

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Unknown

Right and Wrong

Submitted by: Wendy Boucher

Materials: Paper collage

An important mask demo.

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Canada

Corona Covid

Submitted by: Mrs. Towanna Miller-Johnson

Materials: This mask was created during the 2020 Corona Virus Pandemic. Beaded using flat style, peyote stitch and Iroquois raised bead work. The inside is made of pleather, it has holes underneath to breath and the beak is open to place medicinal herbs inside. The middle layer is a thick felt. The outside is made of velveteen adorned with Iroquois beaded vines and purple flowers outlined in turquoise blue. The muse of inspiration was a Crow which was beaded flat style in the center of the hat. The brim of the hat is peyote beaded. A pair of sunglasses were used for the tinted round eyes. The mask has three straps to secure to the head with buckles on the side for adjustment. The tip of the beak is a jingle cone.

I have to admit that I have a dark side, only to the point that I enjoy horror movies and the paranormal. I wanted my mask to reflect the time we are all in now. For me, I have always incorporated the past into my work. Long ago they had plague masks with medicinal herbs put inside. To me they always look like birds. I’ve recently been beading many different birds. For this project I decided the Crow was now my muse. It like the fact that my mask has a darkness to it sprinkled with beauty, just like the time we are now in. Surrounded by so much darkness like death and sickness yet if you look around we do have beauty in our lives such as kindness and generosity. Some tears went into this while listening to the news and missing visiting family members. My moods change from sadness and then to being grateful for all that I do have. We will get through this together! Be safe.

Towanna Miller-Johnson is a Mohawk fine artist, originally born in Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario, raised in New York and then went to pursue her education at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. She returned home to the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, Quebec where her mother is from and she continues to do her art. Her media is oil, acrylic, wood burning, carving, and beading. She loves to paint in bright vibrant colors to tell Traditional Iroquois stories. When she’s not painting you can find her beading in one of many styles: flat plains style, peyote stitch and Iroquois raised bead work. She has been beading for forty years now. She is very diverse as an artist and some of her art is functional such as the carved beaded cradle boards and now her beaded Corona Covid mask.

This mask was created for the Breathe community Facebook group – A collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic.

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Canada

Made from scraps

Submitted by: Amy M

Materials: Paper, pastels, magazine cut outs glue

A Facebook group mailed cut out pieces to other members to create any are. And medium can be used and an of the cut out pieces can be used this is what mine turned out

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Canada

Let’s Spread Kindness, Not the Virus

Submitted by: Jason Thomson

Materials: Cloth

Outdoor banner on residential lot – Westboro neighbourhood, Ottawa

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Canada

Gentle Whispers

Submitted by: Marcy Friesen

Materials: Bead soup consists of a large variety of beads, pellon, beading thread, felt, 2 arctic fox tails.

As I created this mask I thought about family, we were all under one roof again as schools and colleges were closed. I beaded 5 flowers in red representing the 5 members of our family and red being my late Grandmothers favorite color. The vines represent life, change and unpredictability as we make our way through these ever changing unpredictable days. I decided to make a beautiful white bead soup with nutrient rich red berries to finish up the mask. The bead soup represents all the people in our lives that have helped us along the way, and even though they are not with us now they are not forgotten or less cared. The arctic fox tails add a gorgous softness that reminded me to be gentle to others and myself during these times. I also thought about grocery shopping and how quiet and stressful this time had become, we are not to visit so we whisper quietly as we quickly get what we need then head home. Back to safety.

I was born in 1974 in Nipawin Saskatchewan, Canada of Swampy Cree and Welsh ancestry. I was raised in Carrot River Saskatchewan, Canada.

As a child growing up I saw my cousin loom beading. I was fascinated and ended up making myself a bead loom with a 2×4 and some finishing nails. I threaded my loom and began to create.
Throughout my life I have been influence by the strong independent women in my family. My maternal Granny was a bead artist and my paternal Grandmother was a collector of bead art. So it seemed wherever I was I noticed and loved bead art.

I started my business Trapline Creations five years ago. Now I am operating it full time making moccasins, mitts, gauntlets, hats and jewelry using beads, leather and wild fur. I am currently selling my art through my Facebook page, Instagram, The Remai Modern Art and Design store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, the Wanuskewin Gift store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, On The Avenue Gallery in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada, the Fort McMurray Heritage Society, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, and in the Art on Main Gallery in Nipawin Saskatchewan, Canada.
I have always felt the need to create using my mind and my hands. I am now taking some time to explore another side of my work using materials I love. Thinking about ways I can convey my new ideas using beads, leather and fur in new ways is exciting and freeing.

marcyfriesen74@gmail.com

This mask was created for the Breathe community Facebook group – A collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic.

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Canada

Stability

Submitted by: Marcy Friesen

Materials: Otter fur, seed beads, bugle beads, rope, felt, pollen, thread.

I was born in 1974 in Nipawin Saskatchewan, Canada of Swampy Cree and Welsh ancestry. I was raised in Carrot River Saskatchewan, Canada.

As a child growing up I saw my cousin loom beading. I was fascinated and ended up making myself a bead loom with a 2×4 and some finishing nails. I threaded my loom and began to create.
Throughout my life I have been influence by the strong independent women in my family. My maternal Granny was a bead artist and my paternal Grandmother was a collector of bead art. So it seemed wherever I was I noticed and loved bead art.

I started my business Trapline Creations five years ago. Now I am operating it full time making moccasins, mitts, gauntlets, hats and jewelry using beads, leather and wild fur. I am currently selling my art through my Facebook page, Instagram, The Remai Modern Art and Design store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, the Wanuskewin Gift store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, On The Avenue Gallery in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada, the Fort McMurray Heritage Society, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, and in the Art on Main Gallery in Nipawin Saskatchewan, Canada.
I have always felt the need to create using my mind and my hands. I am now taking some time to explore another side of my work using materials I love. Thinking about ways I can convey my new ideas using beads, leather and fur in new ways is exciting and freeing.

marcyfriesen74@gmail.com

This mask was created for the Breathe community Facebook group – A collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic.

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Canada

Street Art Messages

Submitted by: Window shopper

Materials: Chalk art

Storefront steps designed & expressing this artists message.

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Canada

“things to know about COVID 19” tea towel design

Submitted by: Sa Boothroyd

Materials: 100% cotton

Tea towel made by Sa Boothroyd in Gibsons BC