September 25, 2009
We have admired the work of Haisla jeweller Hollie Bear Bartlett for some time and are happy to now be carrying her pieces. Many Northwest Coast artists begin their careers carving wood or drawing, so when they do begin to engrave metal they do not always possess the wide-ranging skills that a trained jeweller might. This is one of the reasons why straight carved silver and gold are the most popular forms of Northwest jewllery, and why one does not find more inlay, overlay and stone work. Hollie worked with established Kwakwaka'wakw jeweller Corrine Hunt for several years and has made an effort to learn an array of skills. Many of her pieces contain stones, gems and gold overlay. While Hollie is perhaps best known for her jewellery, she also has a sculpture included in the 'Continuum: Vision and Creativity on the Northwest Coast' exhibition currently on display at Vancouver's Bill Reid Gallery.