Material: Sterling silver or copper
Design: These trade beads are replicas of historical glass trade beads found in Haida Gwaii. Molds of the beads were created then cast into sterling silver and copper using lost-wax casting technique with support from Peter McPhee, Wendy Malesku and the late Val Malesku.
About the Artist
My Haida names are Aay Aay and sGidgyaaGans. I am from the Skidegate Gidins (Eagles of Skidegate) clan from Haida Gwaii. In 2005, while I was a watchman at Hot Springs Island in Gwaii Haanas, I learned how to weave cedar bark with my Nanaay (grandmother) and another co-worker.
In 2008 I was asked to do a Raven’s Tail course with Evelyn Vanderhoop, who is a well-known weaver. I continued to learn from my mentor Evelyn and learned Naaxiin (Chilkat weaving) in 2013 and completed an advanced Naaxiin course for weaving in 2014. In 2017, I began to reach out to other artists to learn jewelry-making. I started by learning how to engrave silver and copper, and learned casting and jewelry techniques with sisters, Val and Wendy Malesku. In addition to weaving, I now have my own line of jewelry castings which are done using the lost wax technique.
This piece is made by hand. Please expect some minor variation. This craftsmanship is what makes your piece truly unique.