Trace Yeomans was born on Haida Gwaii to a Haida mother and a Ukrainian father. She has been an artist for most of her life, prompting her to pursue this passion throughout high school, and to acquire post-secondary training. Her passion has always
been painting but she is also known for her beautiful Dance Regalia with appliqued Haida designs and fabric art techniques, some of which are displayed in museums around the world.
Trace has frequently worked with her husband, Don Yeomans, combining their respective skills to create unique and critically acclaimed artwork, examples of which can be seen in her fabric art and paintings. She has also worked alongside him painting
and carving on several totem pole commissions, including the monumental poles in the rotunda of the Vancouver International Airport.
My art has always been a reflection of who I am. I work in many different mediums; such as, wood, oil, some bronze and Forton castings and fabric works. I try to create pieces that speak about what I am made up of and what I’ve been through because of it.
My father was Ukrainian, while my mother was Haida; my goal is to bring both those cultures together in my art.
I often use Haida style designs with oil paintings and wood carvings.
For my fabric works, I sometimes combine bright colours of Ukrainian eggs with Haida style applique. Both cultures use eggs, so naturally I’ve combined both in many of my pieces.
I’m constantly looking for new ways to create interesting, meaningful art that will, hopefully, give people a sense of connection to me and my art, whether it be from the Haida side the Ukrainian side, or both.
Ultra-suiede sewn onto canvas board
26 x 21.5 x 2.5"
Image Credit: Coastal Peoples Gallery