Jane Shi­wak

b. 1952 West Bay, NL

Inuit Art Quarterly - - COLLECTING GUIDE - Inez Shi­wak

My work is in­spired by my mother, Jane Shi­wak, who was born in West Bay and has been liv­ing in Rigo­let for years, run­ning the craft shop. She makes Inuit dolls, and, as far as I know, she’s the only one in Nu­natsi­avut still mak­ing them. In our fam­ily, mak­ing crafts has al­ways been there. My mom and I have al­ways done things to­gether. She starts the projects and then we—my sis­ter and I —con­trib­ute to them. We will do the bead­work around [the dolls] or some of those lit­tle te­dious things that she doesn’t want to do or have time to do. A lot of [learn­ing] has been through talk­ing to her and fig­ur­ing out which way is best. She would give me ideas of what I could do or how she wanted it done and then she would start it off for me, and I would fin­ish sewing it. It’s gen­er­ally that she shows me how to do some­thing once. I just learned that way and that’s what we do. –

Jane Shi­wak Inuit Cou­ple 2015 Seal­skin, felt, yarn, fab­ric, wood, rab­bit fur and beads 34.3 × 30.5 × 10.2 cm COUR­TESY THE ROOMS

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