Screen Printed Bentwood Box by James Michels, Metis/Cree
Hand made and printed by Metis/Cree artist James Michels with glorious red cedar this Bentwood Box is definitively West Coast!
Bentwood Boxes are unique to the Northwest Coast First Nations Peoples of British Columbia and are used for ceremonial and practical purposes; from burial boxes for ancestors to storage of clothing and household items. Bentwood Boxes are made by seamlessly steam bending a plank of cedar to create the box form. Lattimer Gallery hosts a stunning collection of handcarved Bentwood Boxes including James Michels. Check them out at Lattimer Gallery online.
The Frog is the voice of the people and a symbol of innocence, stability and communication. It is also considered to be good luck.
James Michels began his carving career in 1994, shortly after working as a carpenter. He now specializes in making bentwood cedar boxes, and carving and painting them in Northwest Coast style. Many of his pieces contain inlays of abalone. He also creates panels, works by commission and every year he is a key contributor to Lattimer Gallery's Annual Charity Bentwood Box Event.
Dimensions: 5" x 4 1/4" x 4 1/4"
Materials: Red Cedar, Acrylic
Each bentwood box comes with information on the design and a biography on the artist.
MADE IN CANADA
At Lattimer Gallery we work directly with our artists to provide the highest quality, authentic art from across British Columbia. Please allow 2-3 weeks if the item needs to be custom ordered.
Please note texture and colouration of cedar on each box will vary.