Zhaawano Giizhik is a prolific Ojibwe Woodland (Legend) Artist who has applied the style borne from Norval Morriseau not just to paper utilizing pen/pencil and digital art. His art speaks volumes about the beauty of the Anishinabeg world.
Zhaawano Giizhik (Southern Cedar) was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 1959 and is a mixed blood (American /Dutch / Marten Clan - Sault Ste. Marie Ojibwe) who has recently stationed his studio and home life in the Netherlands.
Footfalls on the Artist's Road: Zhaawano's Journey
Zhaawano began his journey into metal smithing in the 1980's, by teaching himself basic soldering and stamp making from W. Ben Hunt's Indian Silversmithing. He began making jewelry "Navajo style" and also taught himself the techniques of Hopi overlay and Zuni stone setting. But who truly inspired his style of art was his Ojibwe ancestors and the father of Woodland School of Art - Norval Morriseau a Canadian born Ojibwe Legend painter.
Zhaawano spent years honing his skills and began making jewelry in his home studio in the Netherlands in the 1990s where he creates his own style of Anishinabe inspired jewelry which he calls (picto) graphic overlay. Since 2005 Zhaawano has been creating his Anishinabe Woodland Style Wedding rings which he has gained an international audience / fan base for. *Photos and Art copyright held by Zhaawano Giizhik all rights reserved. *Used with permission from Zhaawaano Giizhik*
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