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Bill Hein© "The Wolf" Velura Throw Blanket
Bring warmth and culture into your home with this unique super soft Velura™ throw, printed with licensed Bill Helin© life crest Wolf design.
Blankets have always been an integral part of North American life from their early use as clothing and shelter to their trading value as a form of barter exchange. In honor of these traditions, the Tsimshian Life crest designs by Bill Helin has been recreated on these ultra soft Velura™ throws.
In Tsimshian mythology, each symbol has powerful meaning. The Wolf Prowler of the night, traveling in packs to keep strong, and supporting each other, the Wolf is given to show respect; it symbolizes supporting one another as within a relationship, a team or a family.Size: 50” x 60”
Artist: Bill Helin
Care Instructions: Machine wash separately in cold water on gentle cycle. Tumble dry low heat.
Packaged in vinyl zippered bag.
About the Artist: Born in Prince Rupert B.C. Canada in October of 1960, his Mother is Norwegian and his late Father – Arthur Helin - was a Tsimshian Indian Chief by the name of Hyemass. Bill Helin has had a very rewarding career as a designer, creative gold and platinum engraver, painter, woodcarver, book illustrator and writer.
His ancestry is from the Gitsees tribe, who originally settled around the entrance of the great Skeena River. Helin's artistic nature was evident even at a very early age. By the time he was three, he was already drawing and it wasn't long before he was amusing his family, friends and teachers with caricatures and cartoons. His skill at cartooning soon developed, through airbrushing into a more progressive 'heavy metal' style. From there, it wasn't long before he was sign painting and producing first class commercial posters. However Bill’s art career did not start until later in life, like his father, Bill was a fisherman until 1979 when a serious accident on his fishing boat steered him in the direction of his art career. This began at the Ksan Indian Art School in Hazelton B.C. in 1982. It was here that Bill learnt traditional design, tool making, wood carving, and jewelry engraving under Tsimshian master artists.
In 1987 he studied at the Gemological Institute of America where he learned gemology and gem setting to enhance his story bracelets and wedding rings. Bill’s masterpieces are found in collections all over the world and have even traveled to outer space – he designed the Space Shuttle crew patch for the STS-78 Colombia. His creative inspirations are portrayed in many different mediums and his designing/artistic abilities have no boundaries. Other passions include acrylic painting, storybook writing, illustration, sharing his Tsimshian heritage stories and songs, and teaching children the importance of their culture.
In 1996 Bill took a break from the fashion and jewelry business to focus on his designing, writing and illustrating of children’s mythology stories. This new creative hobby has bought him into the animation world and will soon bring his stories to life in 3D computer generated movies.
In 2005 Bill made a creative new approach back into the fashion industry and has been designing new and exciting wearable art forms in leathers, cashmere, denims, accessories, jewelry and fine blankets. Helin was also honored at the 2010 Olympic Games held in Vancouver when his ‘Ravens Song’ – a 40 ft ceremonial canoe originally carved from a 600 year old red cedar log in 1993 for a journey to the Commonwealth Games in Victoria – became the focal point of the Olympic Village.
Today Bill lives and works from his studio/home on Vancouver Island.