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Undercurrents’ is the first in a series of large-scale works by contemporary painter Janice Iniskimaki Tanton that explore our contemporary Canadian identity/nationality and attachment to this great land.Pin It
‘Undercurrents’ is an oil on linen painting, 103“x133” that will debut in the exhibition “Water Eau 水 Mînî पानी Wasser מים Acqua پانی Tubig H2O”, curated by Anne Ewan and featuring the art of historical and contemporary Canadian artists from Tom Thomson to Ken Danby and David Thauberger.
“This exhibition includes visually stunning and timely orchestrated compilations of historic and contemporary painting, video and installations that examine the beauty and peculiarity of Earth’s greatest resource. Acclaimed throughout time for its unpredictability, tranquil qualities, ritual and hygienic uses, nourishment and abundance, the purity of water and its sources are under threat. Our existence is contingent on water.
Canada is bound by three oceans and strewn with multiple fresh lakes, rivers, waterfalls and aquifers. Historically, Canada’s waterways supported Indigenous communities, the fur trade and explorers whose travels contributed to the settlement, urbanization, economic development and transportation of the nation. Reflected in literature, music, poetry, theatre, dance and art, water continues to be synonymous with Canadian identity.
The exhibition presents works of art from private and public collections and features a range of styles from the early 19th century to the present. Through the works of art presented in “Water”, the viewer is invited to explore a diverse range of artistic approaches that include representational imagery of rivers and lakes in the landscape, to life affirming and threatening metaphorical associations. The exhibition encourages contemplation of alternative perspectives, grounded in our real-world fascination with and increasing recognition of the global challenges that arise in relation to this precious natural resource, in the face of changing climatic conditions.” — Anne Ewan, Senior Curator, Whyte Museum of The Canadian Rockies.
“As a living female contemporary artist, I am thrilled to see my work positioned in context with my early mentor, Ken Danby and Group of Seven members Franz Johnson and Tom Thomson.” — Janice Iniskimaki Tanton
‘Undercurrents’ is the first in a series of large-scale works by Tanton that explore our contemporary Canadian nationality and attachment to this great land. It was created at The Banff Centre as part of a Leighton Colony Residency.
Please join Janice Tanton at the debut of this major and important Canadian work at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff Alberta on Sunday, June 14 1 — 4 pm.
(Artist in attendance 3 — 4 pm.)Pin It
So excited to announce new products! You can now purchase some of my favourite designs on fabric — beautiful scarves and silk shirts by VIDA — Voices Collection. VIDA is a global partnership of creators, pairing designers from around the world with makers in Pakistan and India in accordance with high ethical standards, to create original, beautiful products. And the best part is that using part of proceeds from the sales of the products, VIDA creates literacy programs for the makers, so that they have opportunities to learn reading, writing and basic math that they would not otherwise have. Could I be any more excited????Pin It
And now for something completely different! I was contacted out of the wild blue yesterday by new sustainable startup fashion company VIDA based out of San Francisco. The VIDA staff had seen my work and were eager to invite me to design some new scarves and silk shirts for their lineup from my paintings. When I heard the story of the company, and who will benefit, I couldn’t resist!
VIDA is a global partnership of creators, pairing designers from around the world with makers in Pakistan and India in accordance with high ethical standards, to create original, beautiful products. And the best part is that using part of proceeds from the sales of the products, VIDA creates literacy programs for the makers, so that they have opportunities to learn reading, writing and basic math that they would not otherwise have.
More than anything, I am thrilled when my work provides support, literacy and educational programs and support for others. VIDA has a beautiful plan that is just up my alley, collapsing the distance between makers and artists/designers across the globe. Have a look at The VIDA story and I’m sure you’ll see why I was so excited (and you who know me, know I don’t get this enthusiastic1). Good things can happen in the world.
Such a wonderful idea, marrying technology, artists and makers from across the globe. An opportunity to make my paint into wearable, beautiful products, in a sustainable way? Uh huh…I’m totally in. Sign me up…get me a ticket….etc. etc.
I was so excited, I couldn’t decide which paintings to go with, but decided on several strong images that I would wear — and I’m picky! I have a weakness for beautiful scarves, especially since being diagnosed with breast cancer. (I’m clear now…but I’ve become a bit of a shawl/scarf maniac in the absence of breasts.) I might use some of the scarves to make some pillows and curtains for the studio. Lots of creative ideas swirling around in my head.
There are now four products up on the site, and if the pre-orders sell ONLY within the next 14 days, VIDA will make the products. (As extra enticement, VIDA is offering the coupon code VOICES for 25% off of any preorders — which makes these 100% modal scarves incredibly reasonable and WOWSER for the silk shirts!) AND if you order by the end of this month, they have a special on international shipping for only $5 USD! (Usually it’s $35, so this is a huge savings opportunity to jump on board if you see something you like).
Here are the images I chose.
Emergence will be recreated as a beautiful 100% Modal scarf. The beauty of our forests in Haida Gwaii and British Columbia are the inspiration for Emergence. So much life and the clarity of the coastal rain forests are an inspiration to me, redefining the resurgence of life, primeval forests and the sea from whence we emerged.
This scarf is made out of 100% MicroModal® by Lenzing, a luxuriously soft botanic silk fabric made out of European beechwood. Because of modal’s botanic origin, it is particularly eco-friendly and its fineness is comparable to that of natural silk. MicroModal® offers a soft, beautiful sheen, with colors that are bright and vibrant.
The completely natural fiber of this scarf is made in a fully integrated facility in Austria, optimized for production synergies and energy conservation by using eco-friendly production processes. The fabric is woven in a small factory in Pakistan. VIDA collaborates with the owner and workers of this factory to produce the perfect thread-count and weave for optimal softness and sheen.
AND …these scarves are huge! They are more like shawls. Because of the handmade process, they range in size from 24.5” – 25” x 76” –77. Snug up with the rainforest!
Scarves are sold for $40 USD but use the coupon code VOICES to receive 25% OFF any preorders (only $30 for this!)…and again, there’s a special $5 USD on international shipping only until the end of this month (February 2015).
Nitawahsin — Our Land
This piece is titled, “Nitawahsin” which means “Our Land” in Blackfoot. It is a strong, active piece with a unified Anders Zorn palette, all of the colours of the medicine wheel are in this piece and that makes it a strong contender for wearable art. Good medicine in this piece. I chose to have it reproduced as a Modal scarf and a beautiful silk top.
And here is the gorgeous silk top of Nitawahsin — Our Land.
Sizing Chart for the silk tops are as follows.
Note: tops fit true to size but a drapey cut — please size down if you prefer a snug fit.
Point of Measurements
Small: Bust — 32″, Hips “38” (US Size 0–2)
Medium: Bust — 34″, Hips “39” (US Size 4–6)
Large: Bust — 38″, Hips 40″ (US Size 8–10)
Blue Grass Dancers
As the fourth design, I chose Blue Grass Dancers for some dear women friends and family in my life who inspired me through my illness, supported our family and kept us all together. These healing, dancing colours were designed to lift and soothe through the toughest of times. This piece was first painted for my friend and singer/songwriter Julia Lynx, as part of the launch and design for her new album “Wild Patience”.
And here is the beautiful silk top by VIDA Voices. A classic, I think, designed with my good friends in my heart.
I’m over the moon to introduce this collection to you — simply click here to buy any one (or more!) of these scarves and lucious silk shirts, and don’t forget to include coupon code VOICES to get 25% off (that’s just $30 for each of these lovely scarves! and $48.75 for a silk shirt! NO middle man :). And the juicy, juicy, best part — right now, VIDA ships internationally, for only $5 until the end of this month. That’s a $30 savings! Folks from all over the world can purchase, and help give back. But remember, pre-order only lasts for 2 weeks from today. Help me to spread the word by sharing this post with your friends and family through social media or in person. Right then….this is more rambling than I’ve done in months. Just get on the site and order something for a friend or family member…and don’t forget yourself, because you’re worth it!
Enjoy, my friends. (I can’t wait to cuddle up in a scarf/shawl!)
MORE ABOUT VIDA::
Join me for an artist talk, University of Calgary — January 23, 2015.
I’m now feeling like I’m finally back on the horse. 2015 is looking like a brand new horizon and to ring in the new year, I’ve been back in the studio almost working full time. It’s a great feeling to finally have some control back in my arm and painting hand, and I have more paintings in my head than I could possibly paint in four lifetimes.Pin It
It’s been a long couple of years battling breast cancer, but I’m now feeling like I’m finally back on the horse. 2015 is looking like a brand new horizon and to ring in the new year, I’ve been back in the studio almost working full time. It’s a great feeling to finally have some control back in my arm and painting hand, and I have more paintings in my head than I could possibly paint in four lifetimes. I suppose that is what I love so much about painting — it never gets old for me, and I’m always stretching, learning something new and finding that daily meditative space that only the canvas can offer.
I wish for you, a wonderful and fresh new outlook for this upcoming year, filled with beautiful artwork, good health, and happy days. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll stop now.Pin It
On July 31, 2014 By Janice Tanton
“Ponokamitaa — The Spirit of the Horse” will open on July 3rd at Gibson Fine Art in Calgary, Alberta and run through the Calgary Stampede to July 19th.
Location :: Gibson Fine Art, 628 11th Ave, SW, Calgary AB (403) 244‑2000
Date: July 3rd — July 19th
Artist Talk/Meet & Greet: July 12th, 2:00 — 4:00 p.m.Pin ItContinue Reading →
On April 10, 2014 By Janice Tanton
I’d like to invite you to join me for a morning of fun and art that is personal to you. This simple technique of ink and watercolour will be something you can use all your life to create and record those moments of importance in your life.
Throw away that Instagram and Facebook post for a quick sketch and some penned thoughtsPin ItContinue Reading →
As artists, we are free to express ourselves in most countries in the world. Never take for granted, this ability to do so. It is integral to the well-being of our society. The next time you take up a brush, an instrument, a pen… be reminded of how you can cross over and step boldly into the fray.Continue Reading →
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