Northwest Coast Gifts has started carrying the work of young Namgis/Musgamagw artist Jazmine McCrimmon-Cook. Hailing from Victoria on Vancouver Island, Jazmine is the daughter of noted artist Rande Cook, and has been working under him since 2011. Rande has established himself as a progressive and provocative artist in the Northwest Coast art market, and he is also a strong leader within his Kwakwaka’wakw culture, carrying two chieftainships. Jazmine has participated in a number of potlatches and feasts hosted by her family and she continues to be involved culturally. Having been interested in art from a very young age, Jazmine is currently being mentored by her father, and her latest creations include dramatic red cedar panels in various designs and sizes.
Jazmine utilizes a non-traditional process in order to create these pieces; sandblasting to expose the grain of the wood, creating ridges where the softwood is removed and hardwood remains. The results are stunning as it creates a multi-dimensional texture to contrast the graphic Thunder design. The Thunderbird is prominently displayed in Kwakwaka’wakw art, with legends proclaiming a special relationship between this powerful creature and the Kwakwaka’wakw people, exchanging aid during crises for honour and portrayal in art.