Morgan (née Green) was born in 1984 in Prince Rupert BC, to parents Henry Green and Jean Gardiner. Morgan is Ts'msyen Eagle Clan from Ksyeen River.
Morgan’s artistic career started with a Blanche Macdonald Centre Fashion Design Diploma, and an interest in painting Ts’msyen designs. She studied wood sculpture with Henry Green and Phil Gray, as well as design and engraving with Richard Adkins.
In 2010-2012, Morgan attended Vancouver Metal Art School under Gerold Mueller, a goldsmith from Pforzheim Germany. She received diplomas in both Jewelry Design and Stone Cutting, learning special techniques such as hollow construction, gem setting, and advanced soldering. She has also done bronze casting at the Crucible in Oakland, California.
Morgan believes deeply in the power of traditional Ts’msyen art and culture, and does crest work for title holders in support of protocol for feasts, pole raisings, and community events.
“The art form pulls me through anything. There is a healing aspect of the art and it permeates all areas of my life.”
The main influence behind Morgan’s art and collection is butterflies. In Northwest Coast culture, butterflies are messengers to the spirit world. They allow people to communicate with their ancestors and for the ancestors to communicate back.
Morgan’s collection of earrings were created and inspired by Butterflies in Spirit, an activist dance group that does ‘Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women’ work. All of the designs are unique, some feature salmon eggs and Mousewoman in the wings, symbolizing the relationship with nature and the protection of youth.
First Nations Gallery is happy to have Morgan Asoyuf onboard and to be able to feature her art and collection.
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