July 31–August 9, 2020

Is It Traditional? Modern Formline & Coast Salish Art

August 10 (Saturday)
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Cost: Free

Presenter: Cory Douglas

Join Cory Douglas for an experiential and informative experience as he provides a basic introduction to design elements and explores the subtle differences between Haida Formline and Coast Salish art form. Absorbed in the modern day tools, Cory explores boundaries and identifies innovative expressions while practicing both art forms. Bridging his ancestral roots with present time, Cory will share the stories of his tradition. Paper and pencils will be provided as hands-on participation is encouraged!

Since 2006, Coast Salish artist Cory Douglas has focused on developing his ancestor’s roots in artistry and redefining himself as he merges his academic architectural vocation with his innate creativity. Together, mixed with his passion for detail, this amalgamation has come alive into what he defines as modern formline. Every creation begins as a vision followed by a sketch. The piece merges into its personality and is then digitally mastered, painted or engraved.

Cory’s late grandfather, Teddy Brown, belonged to both Killer Whale (Tsimshian) and Eagle (Haida) clans. He was recently adopted into the Raven (Haida) clan through his mother and is connected to the Squamish Nation by his father and mother.

As an apprentice to Jordan Seward, he has been studying traditional Haida form and formline. Cory furthered his technique and knowledge by graduating from the Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts Program in 2011, taught by Dan Wallace. Cory also apprenticed with Splash (Aaron Nelson Moody), studying Coast Salish design. He holds a Civil Engineering diploma from Camosun College and a diploma in Architectural Building Engineering Technology from BCIT.

Cory’s traditional knowledge, academics and vision compliment his rich culture, allowing him to reach a new audience with modern formline.



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