Weaver’s Welcome

Submitted by David Franklin

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Client

Location: Seattle , WA, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $200,000

Project Team

Collaborator

Preston Singletary

Preston Singletary Studio

Collaborator

Brian Perry

Collaborator

Anthony Jones Sr

Overview

Permanently Installed at the Burke Museum, University of Washington.
This welcome figure was made in collaboration with Preston Singletary(Tlingit), Brian Perry,
(Port Gamble S’Klallam), Anthony Jones Sr. (Port Gamble S’Klallam) Made in honor of Cecilia
Jackson Brian Perry’s Grandmother and Anthony Jones Sr’s great grandmother who was a
weaver.
The figures hands are offering a traditional welcoming gesture. The piece is detailed with
indigenous patterns from around the Salish Sea and Washington State. The base is a box
inspired by work in the collection of the museum and detailed with glass beads, the first form

Goals

The goals for this project was to bring the power of story and ancestors to a contemporary work that embodies tradition in a way tat takes it a step farther. It is also a monument to the power of working together and sharing skills and creativity.

Process

From a digital model based on sketch to hand carving the original forms to be cast in glass, this project straddled a wide range of technologies and techniques to come to life.