Marlene Liddle

Indigenous/First Nation Association(s): 
Haida

Marlene Liddle was born on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada.  She currently resides in Masset with her husband Mike Richard.  She has two beautiful children: Chad Savard and Cori Savard.  She is Haida of the Yahgulanaas Clan, Raven moiety.  She is from a long line of renowned Haida artists and carvers, including her great-grand parents Isabella (Master Weaver), and Charles Edenshaw (Master Carver), her grand mother Agnes Jones (Cedar Bark Weaver), her mother Norma Adams (Cedar Bark Weaver), her sister Georgia Bennett (Raven's Tail Weaver), her daughter Cori Savard (Carver, Artist), and her son Chad Savard (Digital/Computer Guru).

She started her apprenticeship with the gathering, and prepration of cedar bark in 2000, with her friends and mentors Barney Edgars, Darren Edgars and Rolly Williams.  She gathered and prepared the bark for her elder aunts, cousins, ad fellow weavers until the summer of 2008.  In August of 2008 her mentor and teacher Christine Carty (Master Weaver) offered to teach her how to weave.  Marlene worked with Christine Carty and fellow students for an entire year.  Together they learned the basics of weaving, while enjoying each others stories and company.

With the basics taught to her by her mentor/teacher Christine Carty, as well as her fellow weavers, drawing inspiration from researching into other styles, and techniques Marlene has begun to branch off into a more contemporary style of weaving.  This more contemporary style has resulted in hats that incorporate twilling and Maori patterns.  Examples of this are the ever popular Fedora, the Cowboy Hat, the Ladies Cloche (Bell) style hats.

Marlene uses traditional materials of Red Cedar, and Yellow Cedar, but has also combined steel, brass and copper with the cedar for a more contemporary style of the traditional Haida feast hat.  She also uses waxed Irish Linen cord on her fedora hats for the hat band, incorporating various colours and patterns in a style similar to Raven's Tail weaving, and she is always on the look out for new techniques, styles,or materials that she can incorporate with the traditional materials that she harvests for her weaving.

2013 has been a big year for Marlene!  At the start of the year she was notified of her sucessful grant application to the BC Arts Council, which will result in her creation of a Transisitional Robe made of pounded cedar bark.  Marlene was also a recipient of the BC Creative Achievement Award First Nations' Art for her cedar weaving.

Location: 
Masset , British Columbia
Canada
54° 0' 41.2488" N, 132° 8' 49.9128" W
British Columbia CA