The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is pleased to announce the new Indigenous Arts Program beaded wild rose icon. Beadwork is an artistic expression that has been practiced for centuries and is a pillar of Indigenous design. It reflects our cultures and identities and is rich in symbolism and history that has been passed down through generations. We chose this icon to represent the traditional and contemporary arts that are supported through various FPCC arts programs.
The new logo will be showcased on various outgoing communications, resources and materials that are related to the Indigenous Arts Program. Thank you Carly Nabess, Métis artist and FPCC Individual Artist grant recipient from Terrace, and Gitxsan artist and graphic designer Frances Campbell, for your collaboration and design to create this digital rendition of the beaded wild rose.
Carly’s story behind the wild rose: “The creation of the beaded wild rose was the beginning of my journey through community and identity. During hide camp I went on many plant walks after long days of scraping hides. Thank you, Kim Stewart, for being so generous with your teachings around hide tanning.
On these walks, I was very drawn to the wild roses. Their soft pink petals interrupted by bright bursts of yellow pollen. I collected some of the petals to make rose water toner, thanking the plant for its medicine. Naturally, when it came time to design my first beaded piece, I chose the wild rose.
Under the guidance of my mentor, Lynnette LaFontaine, I carefully studied the design of the rose, sketching out each petal while carefully considering design elements of the beadwork I was taught. When it was time to bead, every stitch became a lesson of humility, patience, and profound respect for our beadwork and the beaders who came before. Once complete, this wild rose was then gifted to my Aunty Candace as a symbol of love, identity, respect and healing medicine. I am so glad it now lives on as the FPCC Indigenous Arts Program icon.” – Carly. N
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