Crystal starts 2-Year Apprenticeship with Haida Artist Robert Davidson
Nov
1
to Nov 1

Crystal starts 2-Year Apprenticeship with Haida Artist Robert Davidson

Robert Davidson  is one of Canada’s most respected and important contemporary visual artists. A Northwest Coast native of Haida and Tlingit Descent, he is a master sculptor of totem poles and masks and works in a variety of other media as a printmaker, painter and jeweler.

He is best known as an impeccable craftsman whose creative and personal interpretation of traditional Haida form is unparalleled. His distinctive style is appreciated by the Haida community and contemporary arts scholars alike, with many of his works considered post-modern masterpieces. His work is sought by collectors internationally.

www.robertdavidson.ca

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Crystal Illustrates Children's Book
Dec
6
to Jan 1

Crystal Illustrates Children's Book

Crystal has painted 12 illustrations for a board book that will be released in the beginning of 2020, published through the Sealaska Heritage Institute's Baby Raven Reads program. The book text include lullabies in three languages Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian by various elders. The book will be avaliable in shop and online at www.trickstercompany.com.

Sealaska Heritage sponsors Baby Raven Reads, an award-winning program that promotes early-literacy, language development and school readiness for Alaska Native families with children up to age 5. Baby Raven Reads improves early literacy skills by translating cultural strengths into home literacy practices. Baby Raven Reads provides family literacy events, training for care providers, and professional development for early childhood educators.

For more info go to: https://www.sealaskaheritage.org/institute/education/education-programs/baby-raven-reads

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Solo Show at the Juneau Douglas City Museum
Dec
6
to Dec 31

Solo Show at the Juneau Douglas City Museum


One Raven: Painting one story at a time by Crystal Worl

"One Raven" will show a collection of Crystal Worl's gouache paintings that incorporate Tlingit formline designs, bright colors, watercolor textures, and paint splatters that "pop". The works will include illustrations made for a children's book about Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian lullabies. There will be stories in the art about of Raven's creations and the artist's perspective of nature and Indigenous culture in Alaska. Crystal Worl is Tlingit, Athabascan, and Yupik from Juneau.

Show Theme: Subsistence and Storytelling

My family has taught me to how to fish, skin a fish, hunt, butcher a seal, tan fish skins, harvest various plants and berries, and prepare our native foods in several ways. My most recent paintings have been depictions of formline human figures practicing subsistence and living amongst the natural world. I would like to paint more imagery of Tlingit life, aka my life! I am interested in sharing stories about my life in Alaska living with the land and animals that exist here. I want to share traditional stories and create new stories inspired by modern day.


In Tlingit oratory, there are several stories about Raven and the things he/she created. In these stories Raven has the magical ability to transform into various objects, beings, and super natural entities. Raven is a trickster, known for stealing the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars and lifted them into the sky so that humans and animals could see and live in light. In Tlingit oratory there are an abundance of stories about Raven’s journey to cultural knowledge and values.

This exhibition will show a collection of gouache paintings that show Raven and other beings in transformation and/or other characters in Tlingit stories. The series will also include imagery of subsistence lifestyle in Alaska with formline human and animal figures. Some of the works will depict designs, patterns, and suggest a spiritual feeling that is about the bonds between the Tlingit and animals. Traditional principles of formline will be applied in the process of design. However colors, textures, and paint splatters will add a bright, colorful, and “popping” contemporary mood to the collection. This series of work will demonstrate my love for Tlingit culture, design, and way of life.

Museum website: juneau.org/library/museum

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Crystal Designs 2020 Collection for Princess Cruise Line
May
1
to Sep 30

Crystal Designs 2020 Collection for Princess Cruise Line

In 2018 Crystal was comissioned by Holland America to create a design for bags that were distributed on all Holland America cruises that went to Alaska. This led her to designing a collection of merchandise and apparel for Holland America’s sister company the Princess Cruise Lines in 2019. Crystal was also present on board this summer to give a presentation, spend time in the gift shop (where her collection is), and meet and greet guests on board. Next year she will release a new collection of merchandise and apparel on board all the PCL that travel to Alaska.

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Designer for Devilfish Theaterical Performance by Vera Starbard
Sep
20
to Oct 12

Designer for Devilfish Theaterical Performance by Vera Starbard

Crystal will be co-designing with stage set, props, and costume designers in Perserverance Theater’s next production Devilfish.

Written by Vera Starbard
Directed by Leslie Ishii

In prehistoric Southeast Alaska, when humans and animals still talked and lived amongst each other, a monstrous sea creature destroys an entire village. Only the young Tlingit girl Aanteinatu survives and is left to forge a new life among strangers. A mysterious wolf and an ethereal legend guide the child to find the wisdom and strength to become the woman of her destiny.

Comment by Crystal: The songs and the language I am most excited to witness. This and the story that is to be told. I will remember it and I know it will only strengthen my love for Tlingit people.

To Purchase tickets & find out more go to:

www.ptalaska.org

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Crystal collaborates with Roark - Fall 2020 Collection
Sep
11
11:30 AM11:30

Crystal collaborates with Roark - Fall 2020 Collection

For Fall/Holiday 2020 we venture to Alaska and will be telling our story through product based on this destination. A team of Roark Ambassadors will start the journey in Dutch Harbor and set sail through the Aleutian Islands while surfing, fishing, hiking and split boarding. Crystal Worl has collaborated with the Roark team to design a capsule collection for the Fall 2020.

The Artifacts of Adventure

The chase for Roark began out of a desire to tell stories born of adventure and discovery in the form of a man - he’s the shadowy adventurer that disappears into Mexico for six months camping, only to surface in Paris drinking Bordeaux with a diplomat. Each season we find Roark in a different part of the world, telling stories of exploration within our product, on social platforms and in our bi-annual "Artifacts" magazine. Inspired by the culture and climate of Roark’s destination, we produce two collections per year of clothing, luggage and trinkets - the artifacts of adventure. The product and stories we create empower people to discover self through authentic, youthful, modern and purposeful adventure on the road less traveled.

Website: www.roark.com

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Crystal to be Performing artist and designer at Smokehouse Gala
Nov
19
6:00 PM18:00

Crystal to be Performing artist and designer at Smokehouse Gala

About the Gala

First Alaskans Institute is honored to host our annual signature event—The Howard Rock & Ted Stevens Smokehouse Gala, named in honor of two of our greatest supporters—Howard Rock (Inupiaq), founder and former editor of the Tundra Times, and Ted Stevens, longstanding U.S. Senator for Alaska. Both men championed Alaska Native rights throughout their lives.

The Smokehouse

The Gala is also titled after the smokehouse, a shared symbol among all Alaska Native cultures. It represents the strength of our ancestral foundation and the promise of our generations yet to come.

The Evening

The unique and fun-filled evening will include elements of our indigenous cultures as we seek to reflect our cultural values while honoring Alaska Native peoples and our friends. Proceeds from the event benefit First Alaskans Institute, a non-profit, charitable organization committed to the advancement of Alaska Natives and to the values of integrity, respect, Native knowledge and responsibility. Please consider purchasing a table and joining us as we celebrate Alaska Native Heritage Month. 

To purchase a table:  http://www.thehowardrockandtedstevenssmokehousegala.org/media/sponsorship_chart.pdf

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Crystal featured designer for Style-O-Rama Juneau Fashion Show
Nov
5
6:00 PM18:00

Crystal featured designer for Style-O-Rama Juneau Fashion Show

Style-O-Rama

By Mary Catharine Martin | Capital City Weekly

 

Juneau’s second annual Style-O-Rama, an event showcasing thirteen boutiques and three local designers, made a compelling case Nov. 5 for why Southeast Alaskans should patronize local businesses — even when they’re shopping online.

 

Style-O-Rama was conceived and first put on by Shoefly owner Sydney Mitchell in 2015; this year she and Dana Herndon of Higher Image Management joined forces.

 

“I think it’s important for Juneau women to have a fashion show showing styles relevant to Juneau,” Mitchell said. “It’s an opportunity to showcase local design talent and emerging and established designers — and, I think, it’s just a fun time.”

 

Style-O-Rama sold out for the second year in a row. Last year, it was at Heritage Coffee and had a 90-person capacity; this year it was at The Red Dog Saloon and had a 150-person capacity, Mitchell said.

 

Highlighted this year was emerging designer Crystal Worl, who is launching a women’s line of clothing at Trickster Company, the shop she owns with her brother, Rico Worl.

 

Crystal modeled a pair of her leggings featuring a Raven and fireweed design, and Trickster team member Erika Bergren modeled leggings with a Raven and lotus design. The two also modeled body jewelry inspired by formline design and “modernized Athabascan beadwork floral patterns” and bracelets. Crystal designs the jewelry and Rico engraves it. In some, she uses copper or silver Russian trading beads.

 

Crystal and Bergren also wore pashminas silkscreened with some of Crystal’s formline art and carried clutches she designed.

 

The high-waisted, stretchy pants are just the beginning of her women’s clothing line, she said. She plans seven different tops, five different leggings, and four pouches (which also function as pencil cases). There’s a wide range of prices, from $12 for a clutch to $65 for the leggings to $175 for the pashminas.

 

She’s still thinking of a name for the line, though it’ll likely have to do both with place and with time, regular themes in her work.

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Crystal featured in Washington State Historical Society’s IN THE SPIRIT Exhibition
Aug
14
2:00 PM14:00

Crystal featured in Washington State Historical Society’s IN THE SPIRIT Exhibition

The Washington State Historical Society has accepted original works from Crystal Worl to display at the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Exhibit, now in its 11th year at the Washington State History Museum from May 28 to August 14, 2015.

Native American artists submit their works for consideration by a jury who selects the pieces for inclusion in the show. The jury then selects from those on display the winners of Best in Show, Honoring Innovation, Honoring the Northwest, and Honoring Tradition. Visitors to the exhibit cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award and the Historical Society chooses a work to purchase for its collection.

Crystal Worl's works titled Two Frogs and Heen will be shown.

IN THE SPIRIT awards ceremony will be hosted on June 16, which is also Free Third Thursday at the History Museum – sponsored by Columbia Bank and offering free admission from 2 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. The People’s Choice

Award will be announced on August 13 at the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Market & amp; Festival, 11 – 5 p.m. at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma. The market will offer handmade Native crafts and the festival will feature culture sharing from musicians, dancers, storytellers, and more. Admission to the festival and the museum is free the entire day.

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Crystal to be featured in DECOLONIZE ALASKA - National Touring Exhibition
Aug
1
to Oct 31

Crystal to be featured in DECOLONIZE ALASKA - National Touring Exhibition

"Decolonizing Alaska celebrates artists who face the future as colorful, resilient

innovators, redefining Alaska art on their own terms. This exhibit is not a

comprehensive representation of Alaska art and/or artists addressing

decolonization.  It is an exhibit of artists who self-identify with this theme and it is

constrained by exhibition space and the limitations of my own exposure as a

curator.  I can say with confidence that these artists are shaping their own

stories, challenging and expanding historic definitions of Alaska art. Further,

these artists engage in a debate about how museums and galleries should tell

the story of colonization. As Alaskans, they join the global debates of cultural

theorists who challenge the ways museum and gallery spaces continue to

perpetuate colonization by demarcating specific spaces for indigenous art." 

-Asia Freeman, Curator

Decolonizing Alaska Dates & Locations TBA:

8/1-8/31/16 (Homer) @ Bunnell Street Arts Center, 106 West Bunnel, Suite A, Homer, AK 99603

9/9 – 10/23/16 (Valdez)

1/4-12/31/16 (Juneau)

3/3/17-4/30/17 (Washington, DC)

10/5/17-31/17 (Anchorage)   

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BIOWOMAN Exhibition Features Crystal's Print/Paintings
Jul
8
to Jul 10

BIOWOMAN Exhibition Features Crystal's Print/Paintings

Crystal will have 5 print/paintings in the Biowoman exhibition that will be held at the Thomas Lounge at Ryerson University in Toronto on July 8-July 10, 2016. 

 

BIOWOMAN is a mobile exhibition project aimed at promoting the works of

women artists all around the world in order to give them a chance to make an

artistic statement on any relevant topic, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, ability,

sexuality, occupation, place of residency, level of education, and economic

status. The purpose of this project is to illuminate the unrealized creative and

intellectual abilities of all women, while celebrating their differences. It also seeks

to challenge conventional constructions of ‘woman’ through

accompanying performances and short lecture(s).

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Tlingit artist protests auction of Native artifacts in Paris
Jun
6
5:00 PM17:00

Tlingit artist protests auction of Native artifacts in Paris

The Paris auction, orchestrated by the company Eve, wasn’t just about selling old relics. Members of the tribes whose ancestors made these artifacts say they are living beings and the spirits of their ancestors are inside of them.

Crystal Kaakeeyáa Worl was in Paris selling her own artwork when she heard about the auction. Worl, her brother and the owners of the gallery hosting them joined a crowd of about 20 people at the auction house to protest.

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ORENDA Art International Gallery in Paris to feature Crystal Worl
May
31
to Sep 17

ORENDA Art International Gallery in Paris to feature Crystal Worl

ORENDA Art International gallery located in Paris, exhibits an annual Indigenous artists show from Alaska in late May through September.  This year Crystal will be showing 6-8 of her paintings in parallel with carvings and masks by Alison Bremner, Drew Michael, and Larry Ahvakana, and jewelry by Rico Worl! Crystal will be in Paris 2 weeks in advanced to create some of the larger paintings in paris.  For invitations please email crystalworl@gmail.com

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F.I.N.E. Art Residency at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum
Jan
17
to Jan 31

F.I.N.E. Art Residency at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum

FRESH - INNOVATIVE - NONSTOP - EXPRESSION

The F.I.N.E. Artist Residency series is a high-impact rotation of visual artists exhibiting their work and leading programs that introduce new and exciting art and art-making techniques to Museum visitors, staff and educators. 

Join F.I.N.E. Artist Crystal Worl as she introduces us to formline shapes and storytelling traditions of her home, Alaska. Crystal utilizes a variety of mediums such as  kiln-cast glass, printmaking, painting, and silversmithing to explore the relationships and bonds between her people, the land, and the animals. 

 

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