In my Tsimshian culture animal Life Crests are very important visual representations of Tribal Clans, which are bloodline connected from birth through our Mothers. In this day and age there has been a break down of the protected bloodline tradition so that to maintain the traditional practice it has to be done through adoptions and tribunal committee agreements.
My Mother is Norwegian but wasn’t adopted traditionally so I have carried my Grandmothers Life Crest on my Tsimshian side of the Family, which of course is my Fathers Aboriginal side, making my Clan Crest as the Raven.
Choose Your Life Crest
First you can choose an animal or design topic that will represent you as an engraved symbol on your jewelry. You can also use family Coat of Arms or logo designs, but I encourage you to be unique about your symbols.
Most of my clients choose their favorite animals and sometime they will choose two. I recommend no more than three for a Love Ring and 1/2″ bracelets.
Secondly I will send your concept via e-mail and you can review it and give me your insights and further ideas, if any.
Thirdly I will start the metal preparation and apply your design and then hand engrave it into the precious metal.
I call it an adoption when my clients request one of my Tsimshian Tribal Designs for their Life Crests.
Most people respectfully understand that these designs are passed on from many generations of Tribal use and they want to share in the true respect of the tribal and family ownership of some of the designs.
Most of the designs I create are newly inspired just for my clients, as I want everyone to have an original concept for their special occassion and investment.
No adoption papers are needed just my permission by design. I give you permission to wear my originally created design for you no matter what traditional Tsimshian animals you choose.
“I am thankful for your interest in my wearable art and look forward to our creative journey”. Bill Helin
There are so many gifts of love given on the February Love Day, and so many ways of expressing love and kindness towards mates, friends, teachers and love partners all over the world. This is another profitable day for most retailers but like most common holidays and celebrations, there is a startling education from historical records.
FROM AN ONLINE WEBSITE-
Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody — and a bit muddled.
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A drawing depicts the death of St. Valentine — one of them, anyway. The Romans executed two men by that name on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D.Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit on women by, well, hitting them.
NOTE: That last segment is open to further online research if you are still curious. My apologies for tainting a special day in the eyes of many.
MY COMMITMENT AS AN ARTIST OF LOVE GIFTS
“I promise that I will always create love treasures with the most pure of a Christian heart as I can honestly proclaim to do. I have created thousands of unique Love Gifts for my wonderful clients and always will continue to do so.
Even though I do not practice any holidays or events that are non-Christian, according to Jehovah’s Holy words in the bible, I do respect others privacy and beliefs, and respectfully love to create Love Gifts and Treasures at any time.” BHelin
I was reading an article today about one of my favorite precious metals, Copper. It was the first metal that I experimented with hand engraving tools that belonged to another Tsimshian artist in Prince Rupert, a daunting experience to say the least. That was a couple of years before my fishing boat accident that lead me in the direction of the Ksan Indian Art School in Hazelton BC.
After the year 1980 I had 6 months of native art, design, tool making and carving wood at Ksan, taught by master carvers from the Tsimshian and Gitksan Nations of Northern BC. Truly a blessing to have such a wonderful variety of teachings that surprisingly captivated all of my creative interests, except for wood carving, which was a much slower creative process than I like, which is why I gravitated to engraving precious metals.
Excerpt from an Internet Article
Written by Michael Jessimy
Copper health benefits includes protecting cognitive function, promoting immune function, supporting bone density, relieving arthritis, supporting growth and development, aiding production of melanin, helps with faster skin healing, supports iron absorption, aiding digestion, slowing down aging process, boosting energy, supporting thyroid function, protection against heart diseases, fighting cancer, and improving blood circulation.
There are many other amazing uses for this metal that are very surprising to most people, mainly because Platinum,Gold and Silver are the most popular metals used for making jewelry.
Just because of it’s pricing it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is of a lower importance and value to us as humans and the common useage in everyday life, wires and cables, untensils, jewelry and bowls and plates etc. It is a very versatile metal that makes it more important health wise especially.
I’m not going to get carried away with all the other benefits, it’s all very easily found on line but my main purpose in writing this was to share my own experience using this wonderful metal. I have made many jewelry items such as bracelets and pendants, I also made numerous large masks to add to my wood carving projects.
I pounded heated and carved it, then polished it up all nice and shiny. It was great for hammering in three dimensions because it could handle tons of heat, used for making it softer after extensive hammering. For more info on the 3-D hammering process, called Repousse’, please read my other blog about it.
I believe that copper jewelry will become even more popular once people understand just how beneficial it is for healing and good health. It can even protect you from the harmful wifi and micro wave that is coming from the new G-5 technology. Check out all the programs on youtube and many articles exposing the dangers of all the cloud and microwave technology put into our world with scary results. All intensional attacks on humanity. Again do your research and wake up to the attack on humanity.
”I AM AN IMPATIENT ARTIST AND HAVE ALWAYS HAD A DIFFICULT TIME BEING PATIENT WITH THE SLOW PROCESS OF WOOD CARVING
EACH PIECE OF WOOD HAS A DIFFERENT CHARACTER AND EACH KIND OF WOOD, WHETHER CEDAR OR ALDER OR WHICH EVER TYPE, THEY ALL TAKE SO MANY PROCESSES JUST TO GET IT TO NEVER BE PERFECT OR ECONOMICAL TO DO AS A LIVING.
I HAVE INVESTED IN EVERY KIND OF TOOL AND TECHNOLOGY TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS, OR HIRED HELPERS AND TRAINED APPRENTICES DURING THE 40 SOME ODD YEARS OF MY CAREER BUT I STILL KEEP COMING BACK TO JEWELRY ENGRAVING AND ILLUSTRATION.
I LOVE TO MAKE ORIGINAL PIECES AND ENJOY THE SIGHT OF A HAPPY CLIENT IS GREAT TOO, BUT A HOBBY IT SHALL STAY.
IN THIS PICTURE MY NEPHEW LUCEUS IS ENJOYING A DRY LAND JOURNEY IN MY 40 FOOT DUGOUT RED CEDAR CANOE AT THE 2010 OLYMPICS IN VANCOUVER”
Truly one of the most enjoyable areas of my art business has been making Wedding Rings, Love Rings and other Love jewelry for amazing people who are in Love. I am blessed to be included in the most long lasting investments of the overall wedding journey.
Hello and thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read this and hopefully check out my website.
It has been many months, in fact a couple years since I put any effort into sprucing up my website, so now since Ive started the process with the help of a professional web designer, I know its important to take the time to inform you about why I took so long to do this and where have I been going with my art career.
I know that from keeping an eye on the world economics and our local market place that survival in this new technological information clouded world, I know its important to keep up on everything just to pay the bills, never mind getting ahead, thats a whole other article. It’s a fast pace environment now that has not only extracted over 75% of the original art sales market of opportunities but it has cheapened what the buying public sees as collectable art.
I’ve always looked at new innovative and faster ways to produce my artwork as my bread and butter income, with my more collectable late night projects focusing on painting, wood carving or a sculpted gold ring or bracelet. I never wanted to cheapen my art into gift products, not until I was badly injured in a mountain bike accident. Then i was wishing I not only had insurance but also a back up income to get me through financially.
Not too long after my recovery I was searching for reputable companies who would want to reproduce my designs into affordable gift products for the corporate and tourist market. Now I have over 150 different products that sell from 10- 100 dollars, and I am very thankful after a few slow months of sales to receive a royalty check in the mail.
I have put a lot of hours into designing and brainstorming new products and approching new companies with all my, mostly Indigenous, traditional designs. Now I have childrens education and story books, stuffed animals, silk and leathers products, as well as some new wood and jewelry products that arent as highly priced as my original art.
I wont make this a long winded article because I know you have a lot on your plate, what with, linkedin, facebook, YouTube, oh dont forget your precious mate and family, time is of the valued commodity, I just wanted to say that I still love to design my art from my heart, even with all the new technology tools and digital conveniences. It all still comes from my head and hands to get to my clients, just like when we wood carvers discovered chainsaws and painters discovered airbrushes, now we have photoshop and a ton of other digital art programs to produce our new ideas and creativity with.
I love it all and hope that you can still support your local starving artists, even if it is just by buying an art card or storybook, it still hopefully sends us artists a much needed royalty check to keep paying our bills with. Please support your local artists and businesses if possible instead of feeding the greedy Amazon and Costco companies who are replacing us with robots and computers and selling us cheap disposable stuff from overseas.