State Library in Juneau Features Artwork of Hannah Lindoff’s Book

"Mary's Wild Winter Feast" by Hannah Lindoff; illustrated by Nobu Koch and Clarissa RizalThe Alaska State Library will exhibit artwork from the book Mary’s Wild Winter Feast by Hannah Lindoff. Come feast your eyes on a selection of the illustrations, a collaboration between Tlingit collage artist Clarissa Rizal and digital artist Nobu Koch. They feature Mary’s adventures hunting, fishing, and foraging with her family in southeast Alaska. This exhibit is made possible by the University of Alaska Press and will be on display through March 27. First Friday opening reception will be on February 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alaska State Library on the 8th floor of the State Office Building. For more information, contact Claire Imamura at (907) 465-2458or <> .

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Clarissa’s Tentative Schedule for the Arts 2015


“Chilkat Child” headdress and collar – trimmed with sea otter fur and 22. bullet shells – designed and handwoven by Clarissa Rizal

I am currently gearing up for a full year of travel to art shows, cultural center openings,  and of course visiting my kids and grandkids along the way!  Here’s my 2015 show schedule (subject to change):

1).  Heard Museum Indian Art Market and Fair, Phoenix, AZ – March 5-8th – Booth #D45

2).  Grand Opening of Soboleff Cultural Center, Juneau, AK – May 15

3).  Teslin’s “KusTeYea” Celebration, Teslin, Yukon, July 24-26

4).  Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 21-23

5). Haskell Institute Native Art Market, Lawrence, KS , September 12-13

6).  Cherokee Art Market, Tulsa, OK, October 9-11

7)  Autry Native American Art Market, Los Angeles, CA  November 7-8

8).  NMAI (National Museum of the American Indian) Holiday Art Market, NYC, December 5-6


Letting Go of My “Chilkat Mobile”


Back side of my 1991 Toyota Corolla — Clarissa calls it her “Chilkat Mobile” — license plate “CNH 794” She considers these letters and numbers “good…!”

My “Chilkat Mobile” is originally from Juneau, Alaska.  In December I put the car on the ferry for a 3-day sail to the port of Bellingham, Washington State.  From Bellingham, I drove down to the mountains above Los Angelos, then across to Scottsdale and up to Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  I drove through all kinds of storms, wind, rain, sleet, snow and finally sunshine!  This car can make it up the infamous Wolf Creek Pass to Denver no problem.  Though remember because it is a 4-cylinder, you have to drive in 2nd gear up the mountain passes.


Front of Clarissa’s “Chilkat Mobile”

“Chilkat”  was owned by an elderly blonde woman who is now 92.  22 years ago, she and her husband bought two of these cars, a his and her pair:   one for her, one for him.  The cars were originally red, but they had both custom painted yellow.  A little over a year ago, they both went into an elder-care home and so they sold both of their beloved machines.   They took VERY GOOD CARE of these cars; in fact, they each had their own garage built especially for them; no kidding!  Except for a few tiny nicks here and there from tiny rocks on the drive down here, the body is straight, no dents and no rust anywhere except for a small strip across the bottom part of the window on the back hatch door; I remedied that situation by placing yellow duck tape (the exact color of the car!) across the line of rust.

I bought the “her” car.  Peggy  was retired when she bought the car and had no children or grand-children, she mainly used the car to go do errands and such in the remote town of Juneau which has about 70 total miles of road as the town is land-locked.  The car most likely did not ever go more than 60 miles an hour, if that, until of course, I drove it on the freeways from Bellingham — the car hums at 75 no problem with a load.   When I drove down from Bellingham, I had the car packed with two suitcases, my paintings and prints and weaving looms.  It probably hasn’t had any kind of load like that before.


On the car deck of the “MV Malaspina” ferry from Juneau, Alaska to Bellingham, Washington, then the long drive down to Colorado…!

Both cars were well maintained partially due to the fact that the husband was a boat and car mechanic as well as an inventor and both he and his wife were meticulous about everything they owned.   I knew them personally.  I grew up with them.  They talked me into buying this car because they wanted me to have it because they knew I liked older cars and they knew I took care of my things.  They also knew I needed a car to teach my classes up in Yukon Territory!   For a 22-year old car, the interior is clean, barely worn anywhere because the car was mainly used by one person, so the grey upholstery is in great shape, no tears, no stains, no worn spots – there is only one worn spot on the carpet.   I have my own maintenance records for a little over a year I’ve owned it since, I’ve had the oil changed three times; totally serviced and new rear brakes before I jumped the ferry with the car.  I haven’t had to do anything major.  It handles snow real well, hugs the road like a roadster; it’s a sweet thing!

As you can tell, I am proud of my “Chilkat Mobile”.  I would not have sold it if it weren’t my need for a travel van.  I need something larger because I am an artist who travels to a variety of shows “west of the Mississippi!”  I need to carry all my art plus the display units.  After at least 10 inquiries from prospective buyers from around the country in just a couple of days on the Craigslist market, “Chilkat” is now living in Taos, New Mexico with her new owner.  I wish her a longer and more prosperous life; she served me well and in turn I wish her the best!

At the Evergreen Longhouse Holiday Market


Clarissa’s booth at the Evergreen Longhouse in Olympia, features similar sale items as the Alaska-Juneau Public Market during Thanksgiving weekend in Juneau, Alaska

The Evergreen Longhouse Holiday Art Market is generally held for two days the 2nd weekend in December in Olympia, WA.  Sue Shotridge and I decided to do one day, Saturday, December 13th.  A couple of weeks prior we were both at the Alaska-Juneau Public Market and we sold fairly well, though of course we would have enjoyed selling more!  We knew we would most likely not sell as much at this venue since it was a lot smaller, however, there was more of a Native customer base since all the vendors were Native Americans from the area.


It’s always the female customers who enjoy the painted masks

It’s always interesting to see what most folks are interested in; you just never know until you put it out there.  Most were unawares of the Chilkat and Ravenstail weavings on the young  mannequins.  To my surprise, I cannot say anyone even remarked or paid attention to the weavings – I guess we were too far south (even as close as Olympia is to Alaskan shores!).


Sue and Israel Shotridges booth next to Clarissa’s at the Longhouse Holiday Art Market


At the Alaska Juneau Public Market


Clarissa paints the last of 12 masks she had for sale at the Alaska-Juneau Public Market

I remember when Peter Metcalfe, the producer/director of the Alaska-Juneau Public Market first started this venue for artists and craftspeople back in the early 80’s.  The Public Market replaced the Juneau Arts Council’s “Holiday Fair and Market” started back in 1978 where I used to sell hand-made hats, hand-made kid’s clothing and hand-made masks.  A few artists like John and Sharon Svenson (Haines), or Linda Fordham (Gustavus), came in from out of town.

Now, the Public Market has at least 250 local artists/crafts people from all over Southeast Alaska.  Held during Thanksgiving Day weekend at the Centennial Hall in Juneau, Alaska, it feels like a “family reunion” of sorts because many of the artists only see one another once a year at this time.


Sue and Israel Shotridge hang out with Clarissa on “her side” of their shared booth at the Alaska-Juneau Public Market – November 28, 2014

1989 was my first year at the Juneau Public Market.  I had a booth smack daeb in the middle of the lobby just outside the “great room” at Centennial Hall.  I sold about 100 “dream catchers” traditionally made of branches and “sinew.”  I think dream catchers made their debut in Juneau, Alaska (or maybe all of Southeast) that Thanksgiving Day weekend.  They were an unknown thing back then.  I learned how to make them in early ’89 from a Huron Native woman who was visiting the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.  I taught a couple of friends (one in Santa Fe and one in Juneau) how to make dream catchers of silver and crystal beads; I know the single mother supported herself and her two daughters for a number of years making the silver dream catcher earrings, pendants and hair barrettes.


Jessica Isturis models the mask she purchased from Clarissa

2010 was my second year at the Juneau Public Market.  (My father had passed away a couple of years prior, so I moved in with Mom.   After about 6 months of living with Mom, she wondered why I was still around, like when was I going home? I paused before I answered her with this statement:  “I will go home whenever….uh,…you “go home.”)

For two months before the market, I painted one of my largest called “Frog Speaks” along with about 7 smaller paintings. I also printed my own fabric and made 10 dolls with “Chilkat warp” hair (leftover “thrums” trimmed from Chilkat robes I had made in the past).    The night before the opening of the market I got cold feet!    Like I have spent 2 months working away on these things and I have not a penny to my name and what makes me think that anyone is going to buy this stuff….!?!?!?!

I sold all the paintings, sold 7 of the 10 dolls (the remaining 3 I gave to each of my children’s first born), and I sold a few prints!  I made enough income to pay 5 months’ bills!


Nancy Barnes models the mask she purchased from Clarissa during the market

2014 was my third year at the Juneau Public Market.   I had on display, my “Chilkat Child” woven ensemble and my daughter Lily’s “Little Watchman” Ravenstail ensemble, along with my tall charcoal on canvas “Totemic Theories.”  I sold a few of my button blanket greeting cards, my hand-painted masks, limited edition prints, beaded hats, paper feathers, the children’s book I co-illustrated, but not one item of the Chilkat/Ravenstail spinning and weaving supplies sold.  I now know that the Public Market is NOT the right venue for selling those supplies!


A couple of hand-painted masks finish drying on a piece of plastic

My oldest grandchild, Elizabeth Hope (I affectionately call her “SikiKwaan”), helped me sew spinning pads for those weavers who don’t mind spinning their own warp.  She is shown here sewing on my 1974 “Genie” Singer sewing machine my mother bought me when I graduated from high school.  This machine has “seen it all…!”


Grand-daughter “Sikikwaan” helps Grandma Rissy sew the spinning pads for sale at the Alaska-Juneau Public Market

The Shotridges and I shared this booth at the Juneau Public Market this year.  It was quite cozy and full…!  Between us, we had a variety of things for sale.  You would think that we looked like we were having fun!—Little do people know that I was a bitch while setting up the booth that first morning!  For three months prior, I had worked my fingers to the bone preparing a variety of items for sale and I was plum exhausted by the time we set up this cozy “gallery” that I didn’t FEEL like setting up, but who else is going to do it!?

So you folks out there who wear rosy-colored glasses thinking that artists “have a grand life” – go think again!  Sure we set our own hours, HOWEVER, most of us work around the clock; we never leave our work!  And do we really want to?  Do we really want to leave our work?   Hmmm…very good question!  I have to ponder that one.


Sue Shotridge and Clarissa Rizal on “their side” of the shared booth at the Alaska-Juneau Public Market

Sue and I are like two peas in a pod.  I don’t know if I have ever met anyone else who reminds me of me when it comes to how we operate.  High energy, we are consistently on the go.  And somehow we don’t “bump into one another!”  Woe be to us if THAT ever happened!  We’d blow one another out of the water!

Sue and Israel Shotridge hang with Clarissa on "her side" of their shared booth

Clarissa finishes painting masks and trimming out the child-size dance apron with .22 bullet shells in Clarissa’s “borrowed” studio overlooking a typical Alaskan waterfront home…!


What Are Spinning Pads?


Hand-sewn spinning pads by Clarissa Rizal

As some of you know, we spin our warp (the vertical yarn on loom) on our thighs.  In the old days, we spun on our bare thigh, though because the cedar bark can tend to be rough, it can take the first layer of skin off, so therefore when women began to wear pants, spinning warp on blue jeans was the relief, though the blue dye from the jeans bled into the color of the warp.  However, there are some of us weavers who are innovative!  This invention that I’ve used for nearly 30 years, is from the late Phoebe Warren, grand-daughter to Chilkat weaver Jennie Thlunaut (my weaving teacher back in 1986)

Above is an example of a spinning pad I’ve made and plan on having for sale at the Juneau Public Market Thanksgiving weekend 2014. When spinning Chilkat or Ravenstail warp, these pads save the life of your jeans, they keep your leg from getting all wet (and cold!), they are smooth so no wrinkles to obstruct your spinning process and there is no residue of color bleeding into your warp…!

Juneau Public Market: Buttonblanket Greeting Cards


6 of 9 Button blanket robe designs by Clarissa Rizal on greeting cards

The greeting cards above will be some of the items available for sale at the Alaska-Juneau Public Market held Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend in Juneau, Alaska.

I invite you to visit my Booth #‎P-15  right across the isle from Tony Tengs “Chilkat Cones” in the main hall of Centennial Hall.  And please note:  I will be sharing the booth with Tlingit carving artist & silversmith, Israel and Sue Shotridge (

The following is an inventory of items for sale; they include (but are not limited to):

A limited supply of Chilkat weaving and spinning supplies:  Cedar bark without the sap (both whole and split), Chilkat warp, Chilkat weft yarns in golden yellow, turquoise, black and cream, spinning pads, etc.

Books for sale that I wrote, made or co-illustrated include:  “Chilkat Pattern Templates”, the “Chilkat Weavers’ Handbook”; Juneauite author Hannah Lindoff children’s book “Mary’s Wild Winter Feast” — and books that I highly recommend:  “The Intenders” by Tony Burroughs and “Go Pro – Becoming A Network Marketing Professional” by Eric Worre.

Miscellaneous items include:  hand-caste paper feathers, limited edition Giclee prints, hand-sewn, beaded, felt Russian Sailor hats,  and gumboot shell earrings made by daughter Lily and sister Dee Lampe.

Come check out my latest 5-piece Chilkat woven ensemble called “Chilkat Child” which will be on display next to my daughter Lily’s 4-piece Ravenstail woven ensemble “Little Watchman.”

We’ll see you in a couple of weeks during the weekend of Thanksgiving at the Public Market in Juneau (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)!

Clarissa’s Winter Schedule: Art Markets, Presentations, Demos, Classes

Charcoal by Clarissa Rizal

Charcoal by Clarissa Rizal

Here’s my Winter Schedule for upcoming Art Markets, presentations, classes and demonstrations.  If you are in any of these locations, come by and visit; I’d love to see you!

1) One-day Chilkat/Ravenstail Weaving Class, Juneau, Alaska, Sunday November 23rd, 10am-4pm with potluck lunch — this class is for experienced weavers who have a project on their loom and need assistance, comraderie, support and a feast!  Class is limited to just 10.  The Northwest Coast Weavers’ Supply will have weaving/spinning items available for sale BEFORE the Public Market sales; so you will have the privilege to be the first to purchase your supplies for your next weaving project  —   Interested?  Give me a call at 970-903-8386 or email me at:

2)  Alaska-Juneau Public Market, Thanksgiving weekend Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, November 28-30th, Booth #P-15 in the main room of Centennial Hall on Willoughby Avenue in Juneau, Alaska – Click here to see the list of some of the items I will have available for sale

3)  Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon Presentation of “The Making of Resilience Chilkat Robe”, Friday, December 5th; I will also have Chilkat-related items available for sale AND I will have two woven ensembles on display only during this presentation

4)  Evergreen Longhouse, Olympia, WA,  — The Holiday Market is open Friday and Saturday, December 12 & 13; I will only be selling on Saturday! —  Click here to see a list of some of the items I will have for sale.

5)  “Raven’s Nest” Gallery (owned by Sue and Israel Shotridge), Vashon Island, WA — I will be demonstrating Chilkat weaving on a child-size robe; I will also have on display two child-size woven ensembles, “Little Watchman” a 4-piece Ravenstail outfit woven by my daughter Lily Hope, and my 6-pience ensemble  “Chilkat Child.”  I will also have items for sale as well; click list here to see list of some items.

6)  Chilkat Weaving Class, Corvallis, OR – December 15-19th; for experienced weavers with a project on their loom. — This class is currently full.

7)  Heard Museum Juried Indian Art Market & Fair, Phoenix, AZ – March 7-9, 2015

Preparing For Winter Art Market Sales

Clarissa prints limited edition Giclee's on her large format, ink jet Epson 7880; this is the first time she has enjoyed printing in the 5 years she has owned this machine!

Clarissa prints limited edition Giclee’s on her large format, ink jet Epson 7880; this is the first time she has enjoyed printing in the 5 years she has owned this machine!  (Grand-daughter Amelie points to the photo of “Resilience” Chilkat robe)


Shrink wrapping Clarissa’s limited edition Giclee prints, to be marketed during this Winter season 2014-15

This past week has been a bit nutty — While printing limited editions of some of my work, I’ve been cutting out and sewing spinning pads, splitting bark, spinning warp, designing a log for the Northwest Coast Weavers’ Supply, making travel arrangements, etc. etc. including but not limited to, the joy of holding a newborn granddaughter and of course time out with her older sister, Amelie!


Official Presentation of “Resilience” Chilkat robe

Many, many braids in weaving "Resilience" Chilkat robe by Clarissa Rizal - 2014

Many, many braids in weaving “Resilience” Chilkat robe by Clarissa Rizal – 2014

HEADS UP!  For those of you living in the Portland, Oregon area:  I will be doing a public presentation on Chilkat weaving and a Power Point Presentation of weaving my latest Chilkat robe “Resilience” at the Portland Art Museum on Friday evening, December 5, 2014 at 5:30pm.  Guitarist extraordinaire Dan Shanks, will be performing the live soundtrack. —  If you are in the area, come on by!  Two woven Child-size ensembles, one in Ravenstail and the other in Chilkat, be on display only during this presentation.  Also, I will have a few things available for sale:  my Chilkat Weaving Handbook, greeting cards, Chilkat prints, etc. See you soon!