Nest Limited Edition Print
Print Method: Giclée
Released: November 2020
Nests are built through love. Stick by stick and branch by branch, they are crafted by couples. They offer a place for companionship and for protection. They act as a perch from which to view the outside world and are also a launching point for their young offspring. Sitting high up in an eagle’s aerie must be a truly beautiful way to experience life.
I am fortunate in recent years to have found deep and profound love with a Haida Eagle woman. Since my primary crest through my Kwagu’ł grandmother’s lineage is also an eagle, I believe our relationship is a powerful combination. Coming together, we knew that we could accomplish anything we set our hearts and minds towards. Where I could provide artistic creations, Erin could impart the overall vision and hard work to forge our dreams into reality. Joining forces has allowed both my art career and her business, Totem Design House, to thrive and to flourish. What we lacked, however, was a place we could call home—a nest where our artistic creations could be our future offspring.
In 2018, Erin started designing our new home and studio space to be built in what was once my grandparents’ backyard on stunning K’omoks First Nation reserve lands. What most people don’t realize is that you can’t simply apply for a standard mortgage on-reserve. Instead, you are forced to get “guaranteed” by your First Nation for your mortgage. Unfortunately, this type of mortgage could only cover less than half of our building costs. Needless to say, any savings that we had accumulated to host our first potlatch together were used in building our nest.
One year ago, we moved into our new home and immediately named our nascent work space “Kwigwatsi Studio”. In the Kwak̓wala language, Kwigwatsi is an “eagle receptacle or box”. The term is also used to mean “eagle nest”. It is from this nest that we will continue to create. It is from this nest that some of our children will venture off into the larger world and it is in this nest that they will always have a home to which they can return.
“Nest” is a limited edition print using the giclée method of printmaking. This print was released in November of 2020 and printed by Andy Everson at Kwigwatsi, the artist’s own studio in Comox B.C. A total of 247 prints bear the title “Nest” and are signed by Andy Everson: 199 in the primary edition bearing the numbers 1/199 through 199/199; 19 Artist’s Proof; 19 Remarques; 9 Special Edition Canvas Proofs and 1 Printer’s Proof. The acid-free 100% cotton rag paper measures about 17x22 inches. Image size measures about 14x19 inches on the paper editions.