Profile in Craftsmanship: Corrine Hunt

Corrine Hunt was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia in 1959. Her paternal grandmother, Abusa, named her “Killer whale scratching her back on the beach.” Corrine has been creating contemporary art that reflects the themes and traditions of her First Nations Komoyue and Tlingit heritage since 1985. She is a member of the Raven Gwa’wina clan from Ts’akis, a Komoyue village on Vancouver Island. Her influences include Henry, Richard and Tony Hunt and her uncle, Norman Brotchie.

Her work is inspired by the desire to bring the stories of her First Nations culture into her art. The engravings are minimal, bringing a modern sense to an ageless craft.

Similarly, her custom furnishings combine materials that speak to old and new, and bring the concept of living culture into contemporary homes.

Corrine’s works include engraved gold and silver jewelry and accessories, custom furnishings in carved stainless steel and reclaimed wood, modern totem poles and other sculptural installations. She codesigned the medals for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics.

We offer many pieces designed by Corrine. For more information on her art, please visit www.corrinehunt.ca

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The Artful Traveller, Courtesy of Corrine Hunt

Corrine Hunt, co-designer of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics medals, is a First Nation Komoyue and Tlingit. Her art reflects the themes and traditions of her heritage, bringing the stories of her First Nations culture to the modern world. “I want to show how both the First Nations people and the art have evolved,” she explains.

 

Corrine’s work is not overly ornate. She conveys her message using as few lines as possible.

 

David Morgan carries two leather travel bags by Corrine.

 

The Solo Bag

 

A raven is embossed on the front. The tan colored bag is made of soft and supple deerskin while the black is made of cow leather. It’s perfect for carrying the little essentials. The main compartment has a zip closure and an open interior pocket. There is one exterior pocket which snaps shut.

 

Solo Bag, Deerskin, Tan

 

Solo Bag, Deerskin, Black

 

 

 

Deerskin Passport Pouch

 

This pouch carries your passport and all of your other travel documents, including boarding pass and tickets. The deerskin pouch is embossed with Corrine’s own raven design. The main compartment and a smaller, front pocket zip shut.

 

Passport Pouch, Deerskin, Tan

 

 

 

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Profiles in Craftsmanship: Cavin Richie

David Morgan is proud to carry jewelry designed by Cavin Richie. After we started offering his pieces in 2008, they quickly became one of our top sellers.

 

It is easy to see why. The attention to detail is superb. Cavin captures the details of each animal: the feathers of a hummingbird in flight for example, or the wings of a dragonfly.

 

The earrings featured in the video are the Hummingbird Heart Earrings.

 

 

 

 

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Cavin Richie

Our Visit to Akubra: Making Fur Felt Hats

Akubra’s dedication to quality has made them one of the premier hat makers throughout Australia and the world.  David Morgan has proudly sold their hats in the United States since 1965.

 

Will Morgan visited the Akubra Headquarters in Kempsey, Australia. We thought you might like to get an inside peek into the making of an Akubra hat.

 

Brian Tucker, Production Manager, stands before the blowing machine.  Here the fur is mixed, removing any clotted hair, felt or dirt. Brian Tucker, Akubra Production Manager

When the fur leaves the blowing machine, it is like soft cotton.

Akubra blowing machine

In the first stage of making the hat, the forming machine (not seen) will make Akubra facilitya large cone that is extremely fragile and three times the size of the finished hat.  From here, the hats will be shrunk, dyed and then shaped.

Stoving is the final wet process.  The hats are dried overnight.

Akubra Stoving

Trimmings, such as linings, ribbons and sweatbands (pictured here), are prepared in the factory. Akubra facility, sweatbands

Ready for shipment!

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Akubra Hats

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