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Dreamweaver

Visit 1000 Eveleigh St downtown and you’ll see Dreamweaver, a beautiful mural created by artists Lauren Brevner and James Harry. On her Instagram, Laura Brevner shows us that she is Okinawan, Trinidadian, and German. And on his website, we learn that James (Nexw’Kalus-Xwalacktun) Harry was born in Vancouver and is of Squamish Nation (Swxwú7meshḵ) and European descent (Scottish, and German).

Of Dreamweaver, Harry writes on his Instagram: ‘Be sure to take a step back to see the many woven intricacies of Salish art in this piece: the ceremonial button blanket, the thunderbird, hay chqa. DREAM WEAVER, an intentional blend of cultures, is a symmetrical, teachable, powerful reclamation of minority groups in the Lower Mainland. Under the Creator’s Eye, the women will be a daily reminder that our past is always present and that our actions are entwined with the physical and spiritual world.’

Before this 2020 Vancouver Mural Festival piece was finished, the artists wrote in a Mural Statement: ‘The concept of this mural design is going to be centered around community and solidarity. We plan on having two female figures standing back to back clothed in a Salish blanket. The image as a whole is referencing the design of traditional Salish blankets to speak to an ongoing series of our works called “weaving culture, weaving spirit”. The main colour palette will be tumuth which is a red ochre pigment traditionally used in Salish art and design, black, beige and some minor copper embellishments. This colour palette is very traditional and will again reference the art that comes from that land where this mural is being painted.’

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Laura Brevner Website

James Harry Website

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www.creatorsvancouver.com

 

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