Serigraph – Triptych: Ink on Paper
The designs of this triptych came from my ‘Honouring Our Grandmothers’ root paddle. The latter was carved in honour of my grandmother, Edith Baines (Silvey). With the thought that we all at one time or another need to thank our grandmothers for all they have done for us.
Her Spirit helper was the owl so I put the owl around her. She was a knitter so I incorporated some knitting pattern into the design. Her Hulkumenum name Slhu ‘mu ‘hw meaning rain is why I put some waves to represent water in the design as well.
My grandmother was a strong beautiful woman. She was a child of the residential school system. After many years of brutality she moved back with her family on a small island called Reid Island. She met Ernest George Baines and together they had six children.
A woman of unimaginable strength, she was an oyster farmer, a fisher woman, a knitter, and so much more. She taught me that strength comes from within. She showed us that life has many obstacles and we can persevere and become strong compassionate people. She was a woman who knew how to get things done.
Exhibition(s): Record, (Re)create: Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection, Victoria Collects: The Salish Weave Collection