Raven or Eagle Jute Shopping Bag - artwork by Bill Helin
$ 19.00 USD
Beautiful sturdy jute shopping bag turned into piece of art in hands of Native American artist Bill Helin, a member of the Tsimshian First Nation of northwestern British Columbia. This pattern is one of the most treasured symbols - Raven. The artist receives part of the proceeds from each sale.
Fabric - 100% jute
Designed and printed in British Columbia, Canada and fabricated in India
First Nations Art of the Northwest Our focus with this series of products is on representing and supporting Indigenous people from the nearby area. Each item is created by an artist with First Nation roots or membership of the Salish Sea.
The artists are preserving their heritage through each piece that reflects their tribe's unique heritage and values. Created from materials such as wool, leather, and cotton these items are gentle on the earth as well. The artists are commission paid to ensure fair pay for their work.
About the Artist:
Bill Helin was born in 1960 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. He is a member of the Tsimshian First Nation of northwestern British Columbia. His family also has descendants from the Gits'iis tribe in the village of Lax Kw'alaams. His Grandfather Henry William Helin, was Chief of the Gitlan Tribe. His Grandmother Maud Helin, was Chief of the Gitgeese Tribe.
Bill's skills include jewelry design, engraving, writing, and design. His focus is on Tsimshian art. He’s also a singer and storyteller. Another specialty of his is creating logos and products. He’s mostly a self-taught artist though he received training from K’San, a famous art and carving school in Hazelton.
He is also a drumming specialist. Alongside his daughter and granddaughter, he teaches drumming and wellness programs throughout British Columbia. They also host drum circles and presentations.
In 1996 Bill designed three patches for astronauts on the Columbia shuttle. Over the years he created patches, educational information and artwork for NASA and the Canadian Space Agency. He also helped create the largest Totem Pole in the world (192’ 3” tall!), carved a 40’ dugout canoe, and has illustrated over 110 children’s books.
We feature his art products of home decor items, scarves, bags, and more.
Easy Returns - All items (except underwear and socks) are returnable within 30 days, as long as they are unused and unwashed, no perfume or smoke (keep this in mind when trying on your clothes), with tags remaining. Only the cost of merchandise, not the shipping fees are refunded.
Mail items to: Natural Clothing Co, PO Box 69, Snohomish, WA 98291.
General Manufacturer's Sizing
Shopping Tote - approx. 14.5"x17" (38 cm x 42 cm), inside pocket, handle extends 14" over top of the bag.