Ancient & Modern

13 03 2016

As I may have mentioned – though potentially not to you – Mrs E and I marked our 6th wedding anniversary the other week. After 24 years married. The smarter amongst you will figure out how those facts are not mutually exclusive. We went to stay on the west coast of Vancouver Island, at a place called Wickaninnish Inn – a lovely place to go Storm Watching.

Chesterman Beach, Vancouver Island

Anyway, to pass the time on the ferry, I bought a copy of “Canada’s History”. This used to go by the name of “The Beaver” and was originally the Hudson’s Bay Company’s internal magazine. It’s well known for being brimful of Asha Canadiana. This particular edition was celebrating 20 great Canadian women and that was what caught my eye and lured me to part with the $8 required for the privilege to read it.

The very back cover though was also of interest. As is the norm, it was a full page advert. In this case for the Toronto-Dominion Bank . It was advertising the TD Gallery of Inuit Art in Toronto. The image they’d chosen to use was of “Young man with MP3 player” by Pitseolak Qimirpik, a Cape Dorset artist.

There is no denying the skill of the guy, and you can see more of his work at Dorset Fine Arts. The thing that made me pause though was not only the display of traditional carving skill, but the contemporary subject matter. Here was a very contemporary subject (spliff, earbuds and all), but portrayed in a very ancient way. Not with a digital image or some fancy PhotoShop work, but with time, care and skill… in a 17 inch high piece of serpentine with antler and wire. It inspired me to want to learn more. Not just of the work of Qimirpik himself, but of his culture and motivation.

pitseolakqimirpikcopy

Source: Dorset Fine Arts PITSEOLAK QIMIRPIK – YOUING MAN WITH MP3 PLAYER, 2010





Get your Lord, Laird or Lady Title

28 02 2012

Fancy being a Lord or Lady of Glencoe? Legit too! A Laird if you’d rather.

Yours for a mere 29 squid. $50 in new money.

Now I’ve seen everything! You can buy a square foot of Scotland, and get to call yourself nobility to-boot.

Check it out here: Buy a title and become a Lord, Laird or Lady.

Highland titles: be a Laird

Highland titles: be a Laird

Thinking larger? Buy a bit of the moon instead! You can have a whole acre of the Sea of Tranquility for $37.50!

lunarregistry.com: Sea Of Tranquility

lunarregistry.com: Sea Of Tranquility

The next thing you know, they’ll be selling Hudson’s Bay Company to the Americans. Oh, wait…