Dorothy Grant will unfurl new wearable art in Skidegate next week

  • Jul. 21, 2008 7:00 p.m.

by Heather Ramsay-Art won’t only be on the walls next week at the Haida Gwaii Museum when Dorothy Grant arrives with her designer trunk show. Ms Grant, a Kaigani Haida originally from Alaska but now based in Vancouver, creates wearable art, including ceremonial button blankets and haute couture with Haida designs. She plans to show her summer collection including sportswear, cotton blouses and linens at the museum on July 30 and 31. Ms Grant, who often visits Haida Gwaii for cultural and family events, says this time she’s here to offer locals a chance to view and purchase some of her summer stock. She says 20 per cent of the proceeds will go to support the museum and the Haida Heritage Centre. Ms Grant is also hoping to meet young people who are interested in the world of wearable art. She is offering a paid mentorship position at her new studio at 138 West Sixth Avenue in Vancouver’s trendy south of Main Street district. “I’m looking for someone who really understands Haida art,” she said. The person doesn’t have to have a fashion design background, but needs to be open to learning about all aspects of her work and process – from cutting to appliqué to making patterns. She says whoever takes the opportunity will learn some of her trade secrets, like how she successfully branded a product that is cultural and artistically based. “It could work into an apprenticeship for up to three years,” she said. Having just come back from a fellowship in Santa Fe, Ms Grant says she is renewed and inspired to take her business forward. “We’re a hands-on, small company, but we are poised for growth,” she said.