Isabel Rorick

Hornby Island, BC, British Columbia

Isabel Rorick carries on a tradition handed down from her family. Her art is weaving, most notably, spruce root weaving of traditional Haida hats and basketry. Isabel first became aware of the art at the age of 13 when her grandmother from Ketchikan, Alaska brought cedar baskets to her in Haida Gwaii. Isabel began weaving seriously at the age of 19 and under the guidance of her grandmother mastered the fine and complex art of spruce root weaving, which includes the very careful and respectful harvesting of the roots themselves in the forest. She’s dedicated her life to learning techniques almost lost in the haze of time, by reading, visiting museums and refining spruce root weaving to an artform recognized around the world.


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