While exploring Turtle Island, I meet people who forever change me. How they live gives me the courage to think outside the box and find the passion within to make this world better. I really want you to meet some of these superheroes: Modern Warriors who are blazing new paths and facing the challenges of today's Indigenous reality.

"Alano is a visionary who's always moving in different directions. That's what him so great. His art is deeply rooted in his culture, and he shares it with new audiences through his contemporary clothing. He's building bridges. Alano sees all body types as perfect canvases for his wearable art. And every time his pieces are worn, the world sees more West Coast art."

Alano Edzerza

This artist's work is always on the move and taking new shapes.

Name: Alano Edzerza

Beat: Contemporary Artist and Clothing Designer

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Heritage: Tahltan

Current location: Vancouver, BC

Describe yourself in 1 word or sentence: I’m an ambitious artist.

What do you love most about your job?: Getting to see my work out in the world. My favourite thing is when fans send in photos of my designs. When communities come together to celebrate, I get to participate with them through the pieces they're wearing. (See attached photo of bridal party)
One piece of advice for aspiring Indigenous designers: Share your work with others. We're part of a community, and we can raise each other up. And practice, practice, practice. That's two pieces of advice. Both really necessary.

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How has the fashion world responded to your work?: Attention is starting to grow. My work was showcased at the “Native Fashion Now” exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. and that was incredible. I’m not trying to get into the fashion world; I'm doing much more of a grass roots thing. The support from our communities has meant everything, and they're the reason the team and I work so hard.
I want everyone to feel comfortable wearing my designs. I see my clothing line as living, walking art that should be accessible; not limiting. There's a big difference between someone supporting authentic Indigenous craftsmanship vs. someone wearing a symbol loosely inspired by our cultures.
Lots of trial and error. I’ve been at it for over 10 years, so I’ve got a few tried and true tricks up my sleeve. But the wheels keep turning and I'm always tinkering away at new ideas.

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Your greatest creative influences:
Leonardo Davinci, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst

‘The Good Life’ means...:
Being able to pursue every creative idea I have.

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