Yellow cedar & akoya button earrings by Blake Shaá’koon Lepine
Yellow cedar with akoya button inlay. Blake Lepine or Shaá’koon, was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. He descends from Tlingit, Han, Cree and Scottish descent. However it’s the Tlingit culture that he grew up with. Blake began at the age of 7 with life drawing of animals and tracing out old designs from carving books his mother had laying around. Many hours have been spent practicing and perfecting his own stylized form and interpretation of this art while adhering to the traditional foundations, to give a modern voice to an ancient art, but also branching it into modern mediums other than the traditional forms of carving and painting of his ancestors. Blake has also taken on studies in silk screen and design, beadwork, textile work and sewing, painted leather, collage, block printing and watercolour. Through these mediums Blake has found a way of expressing his everyday experiences and life lessons through this art.