stamp collection

Celebrating Canadian female Indigenous Artists

project brief

 

This collection of stamps encompasses the paintings of five Canadian Indigenous women. It holds the work of both young and emerging artists, as well as pioneers of modern Indigenous art, two of whom have passed away and left a legacy in the annals of Canadian art history. 

 

The five artists included in the collection are Kenojuak Ashevak, Daphne Odjig, Christi Belcourt, Nancy Desjarlais and Simone McLeod. They range from Inuit to Metis to Ojibway artists, and more. 

 

By representing the contribution of Canadian women Indigenous artists it creates a representation of a marginalized population. For example, when one researches “Canadian Indigenous Artists” the primary search results are all men. By including these women and representing Indigenous women it educates the population on artists they may not have known, and also showcases young aspiring artists that they don’t have to look a certain way to be successful. 

refined sketches 

 

Below are the refined line drawings that would go on to become the basis of the stamp's design. 

rationale

I chose this topic because I am actually Métis, and hold my Métis status card.

I am lucky enough that I was able to receive an Indigenous scholarship for this academic school year, and so to honour this privilege I wanted to commemorate Indigenous artists who came before me. 

 

I chose the colour palette based on the colours of the respective paintings.

To create the illustration I included components of all of the paintings to create

a landscape. In this way, all of the artists are represented. 

 

I started the project by creating a mood board of all of the artists and their various paintings, but ended up creating the illustration based on one of the paintings 

in particular. 

 

Originally I wanted to illustrate a portrait of each artist in the style of their work, however after trying a few times I realized that the set of stamps didn’t look cohesive, as it looked as if someone different had designed each stamp.

Instead, I chose to illustrate each artist in a very minimal style, and then design the background and their clothes in a similar way as their own paintings. 

ideation

 

 

First, I created moodboards based on the artist's paintings to determine the colour palette and overall style of each stamp. 

initial sketches

 

I then did some sketches of the artist's likeness and started trying to incorporate their work into the overall composition. 

refined illustrations

 

Below is the integration of the line drawings coupled with the simplified illustrated style of each artist. 

background illustration

 

For the stamp booklet I needed something to tie everything together, and to make. cohesive booklet. I decided to try to incorporate all of the elements into a Canadian landscape.  

final iteration

 

Below is the final designed booklet of stamps, as

well as an informational poster about the project.

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All artwork is courtesy of each artist's respective website. 

To find out more, please visit: 

 

Daphne Odjig

www.odjig.com

Nancy Desjarlais

www.nancydesjarlais.blogspot.com

Simone McLeod 

www.simonemcleodblog.blogspot.com

Kenojuak Ashevak

www.dorsetfinearts.com/kenojuak-askhevak

Christi Belcourt

www.christibelcourt.com