Full name is Edwin James Thomas Nee of the Kwagu’ł, and Ahousaht Nations whose name translates to Proficient on the Shore.
As his dad, David Neel (Carver), would explain, Edwin’s name origin relates to predatory animals similar to an Orca or a Sea Wolf that are able to stand strong on land and water.
Since a young age, Edwin has been heavily inspired by his father, who started off as a photographer, who then picked up carving and jewellery design which he passed on to Edwin.
The Thunderbird Crest portrayed on both sides of his family (differently), was his starting point to creating art. Seeing the Thunderbird over the years of him growing up, especially in his father’s work, on Totem Poles and Canoe designs, it was something that Edwin was always drawn to. Drawn to the power and symbol which it holds.
Edwin sketches and designs from ideas he envisions and his mind and transforms on paper. His jewellery collection is created to stand out with its simplicity and symbolism to ancient art from museums, geometric shapes, and twisted bracelets resembling ropes. You will notice immediately that the main element used in the collection is copper. Edwin uses copper because of cultural significance and the fact that it is more affordable which will allow more people to enjoy it.
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