Journal

Artist of the Week: Keiko Brodeur

"Children's book illustrators inspire me the most of all, but I am also inspired by nature, fashion, photographs, television and everything around me."
 

Presenting our Kindred Artist of the Week series! We are big fans of all the artists we work with and we are so excited to share their stories!

This week we are featuring artist and illustrator, Keiko Brodeur! Keiko's work hits us in all the adventurous feels; so much of it combines the beauty of the outdoors with the sweetness of sharing it with someone you care about. Learn more about her and her process in our interview, and definitely check out her our full collection of her work online

Who are you?

 

I'm Keiko Brodeur and I make all the products for my little company, Small Adventure.

What do you do?

Drawing, painting and designing are the most fun and important activity for my business but I mostly do administrative work to keep everything chugging along.

Who/what inspires you?

Children's book illustrators inspire me the most of all, but I am also inspired by nature, fashion, photographs, television and everything around me.

What’s your favorite moment in the process?

I have a couple of favorite moments: the first is when a painting is finally coming together and looking good and the stress of creating melts away; the other is when I get a shipment of brand new cards in my studio and I can hold the final product of designing and manufacturing in my hands.

What’s a trick of your trade, or a piece of advice for other artists in your medium?

There are so many paths you can take as an artist. Do what feels right for you!

What’s next?

I'll be continuing to try to make better products and illustrations for Small Adventure. I'd also like to start some personal projects I've been meaning to work on for awhile now.

 

Spending Time on Lake Card

 

Sunrise Hike Card

 

Happy Camper Card

See more of Keiko's work here!

Artist of the Week: Jerrod Galanin

"My biggest inspirations are my family, I come from a long line of Tlingit artists."
Photo by Ash Adams

 

Presenting our Kindred Artist of the Week series! We are big fans of all the artists we work with and we are so excited to share their stories!

This week we are featuring Sitka-based artist Jerrod Galanin! Jerrod shares his Tlingit culture through a variety of mediums, including exquisite hand-carved metal jewelry that help ensure cultural stories stay with us for generations. 

Who are you?

I am Jerrod Galanin. My Tlingit name is Lkheinaa . I am L'uknax.ádi (coho)

And I am Kaagwaantaan yádi.

What do you do?

I am a multidisciplinary artist. I make hand engraved Tlingit jewelry. I also work in wood, fur, paint, photography, horn and more. 

Who/what inspires you?

My biggest inspirations are my family, I come from a long line of Tlingit artists. I have a beautiful wife who is very supportive of my culture and art, and two amazing daughters that inspire me to be  my best self.

What’s your favorite moment in the process?

My favorite moment in creating art are the moments when a new concept or idea flashes in mind. There is a wave of excitement as you rush to see it come to fruition!

What’s a trick of your trade, or a piece of advice for other artists in your medium?

Before I give advice, I want to stress that I am nowhere close to being a master and I try hard to push myself and to better my understanding of this art form and my culture all the time. Here is some advice to newer artists that I think about all the time: try to avoid shortcuts. In the end, your shortcuts will hinder your growth and potential and you’re the one who gets the short end of the stick!

What’s next?

Next, I am excited to start moving into new mediums and mediums that I don’t work in as much. I recently designed my first button dance robe which was a great pleasure and learning experience. I also plan on creating works for the SHI 2020 juried art shown in three categories; goat horn spoon, wood, and metal.

Copper Lovebirds Cuff

Silver Raven Cuff

See more of Jerrod's work here!

Artist of the Week: Theresa Abbas

"We decided to start Alaska Coastal Seaweed as a means to provide healthy, local, sustainable foods and be on the water with my family living our Alaska life."

Presenting our Kindred Artist of the Week series! We are big fans of all the artists we work with and we are so excited to share their stories!

This week’s featured artist is Alaskan harvester and maker, Theresa Abbas! Theresa brings the sea to our snack life in her roasted seaweed treats - using her outdoor lifestyle and our own backyard as her creative source. 

Who are you?

Theresa Abbas, mother of two, wife of one and friend to many.

What do you do?

Too much to list, but for my business Alaska Coastal Seaweed I harvest wild Alaskan seaweed, dry and process it into snacks and flakes.

I wanted to do something meaningful with and for my family.

I’ve been harvesting personal use seaweed since I moved to Juneau in 2004, but it was in 2010 when my family and I moved to a remote SE facility that we started to incorporate it into our daily lifestyle. It provided a food source and became part of our homeschool curriculum. I was processing and sending it back to family and friends. They requested more and their kids loved it. A healthy food that replaced many over processed snacks.

After moving back to Juneau we decided to start Alaska Coastal Seaweed as a means to provide healthy, local, sustainable foods and be on the water with my family living our Alaska life.

Who/what inspires you?

All thing nature.

What’s your favorite moment in the process?

Being in my kayak with my kids in a remote area of SE Alaska. Each of us quiet, in our own moment, in the middle of nowhere, taking it all in and becoming whole. Couldn’t be a more perfect moment.

What’s a trick of your trade, or a piece of advice for other artists in your medium?

Make your own path. What works for others may not work for you.

What’s next?

It’s a secret…..

Roasted Seaweed Snacks

Shop Theresa's roasted seaweed snacks here!