January 13, 2016 | By Baukje Stamm |
In the early 1950s, works by Inuit artists began to be sold. Since that era, widely recognized as the beginning of contemporary Inuit art, artists have been creating unique artworks inspired by traditional life on the land, the natural and spirit world, lived experiences, stories and legends. They have been experimenting with a variety of artistic media and techniques resulting in distinctive personal styles.
Fabric collage wall hangings emerged during the 1970s. Inuit women adapted their traditional sewing skills and mastery of stitchery to create high-quality artworks from wool duffle or stroud with felt appliqués and embroidery. The artworks depict a variety of subjects ranging from narrative traditional camp life scenes to arctic animals and the spirit world.Naomi Ityi, Untitled, c. 1973. Wool felt, embroidery floss on wool duffle Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Feheley Fine Arts Gallery in Canada has a large collection to give you some more inspiration.