Charlene Johnny is a Vancouver-based multi-disciplinary artist from the Cowichan (Qu’wutsun’) Nation, which is located on Vancouver Island, BC. She specializes in murals, graphics, jewelry, painting and photography.
I recently got the chance to see her in action at the beginning of October! Check out this little video I made of her in her zone! It was wonderful seeing her process in action:
Charlene was painting these bags not just for fun, but to give back to the community in which she lives and works. She partnered with Fjällräven in Kitsilano (you know – the really cool and sturdy bags! See pic below for reference!) to bring this project to the community to help support the RainCity Housing for LGBTQ2S youth.
Proceeds from a silent auction that runs until the end of day SUNDAY OCTOBER 25TH will all go to this Vancouver-based organization that helps house vulnerable LGBTQ2S+ youth who are at risk of homelessness. You can learn more about Raincity here.
Bids will be accepted until end of day Sunday, October 25th, so there is still time to get your bid in! You can place a bid in store at 1976 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC or via telephone/email per below:
Store phone number: 778-379-6057
Store Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a great way for art collectors or lovers to own an authentic piece of Coast Salish art from an up and coming female artist! Not to mention, the durability of the Fjällräven bags is unmatched!
We hope you enjoyed this short artist highlight for Charlene! Indigenous Busy-ness is actively networking and reaching out to bring you more blogs like this of cool Artists and businesses you need to check-out!
To follow more of Charlene’s work, you can follow her on Facebook or Instagram; she currently has a give-away for one of her uniquely designed face-masks going on now!
Be sure to give her a like and a follow and check out her Etsy page!