18" Sedna Textile Art by Dianne K. *Tress* CURATOR'S CHOICE

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Dianne K.


$1,280.00 CAD



Inuit art: Sedna Doll
Inuit Artist: Dianne K.
Size: 18” long, 6” tall, 12” wide
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU 21
Material: Cotton canvas and threads, fur, felt
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CURATOR'S CHOICE
In my estimation. Inuit soft sculptures like Tress are vastly underestimated.
This is NOT a child's doll.
This is a sophisticated art piece "sculpted" with fabric and fur.
Textile art has been a significant part of Inuit history for centuries.  The earliest "dolls" in North American are of Inuit origin.  For these reasons, I had to make Tress a CURATOR's CHOICE.

Dianne K.'s Sedna doll is beautiful.

This Sedna has an innocence and sweetness to her not often seen in the stone carved Sednas.

The fabric is colourful and of high quality.  The fire engine red fur that trims her parka hood is a lovely detail that demonstrates Dianne's meticulous nature as a textile artist.

Sedna's braids are thick and braided.  The two colours are rich and intriguing.

And her torquoise parka with its red fur trim is designed and embroidered with love and accuracy.

This is a large doll of 18 inches. It has personality and would be a prestigous piece in an Inuit art collection.

In the 1970s, the Canadian government supported the Soft Sculpture or textile arts in Gjoa Haven more than the carvings or prints.

This explains why Gjoa Haven exports so many beautiful handmade wall hangings, fabric dolls, and clothes to the South.

I believe we focus on Inuit carvings and prints and have a tendency to overlook the exquisite beauty of the textile arts. 

But, "dolls" have played an important cultureal role in Inuit society for centuries.  

In fact, some of the early small carvings were thought to be "toys" or "dolls" made specifically to entertain Inuit children.

The art of doll making in the Arctic goes back one thousand years. 

The oldest dolls ever found in Canada are over one thousand years old and were found on Bathurst Island.

At a young age, Inuit girls were taught to sew furs and skins since sewing waterproof clothing was essential to survival. They often sewed small dolls which could fit into the sleeve or pocket of their parka.
Hunters often hung small dolls on their boats.

The demeanour of this figure captures the Inuit spirit.

This doll would be a treasure for an older child. It could easily be the inspiration for a lifetime of collecting.


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