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Open Studios: Simon Daniel James
Simon Daniel James, also known as Winadzi, is an internationally renowned artist in many mediums. Simon has been a carver for more than 35 years and has learned many things in his long career. Simon is the co-creator and co-producer of the Raven Tales series and has spent several years promoting it all over the world. He added professional storyteller to his repertoire of tricks since being asked by many schools to do storytelling for students. Simon is from the Kwakwaka’wakw nation, and from the Kwicksuteniuk clan from Gilford Island on his mother’s side and from the Gwa'sala 'Nakwaxda'xw from Blunden Harbour on his father’s side, though he was raised in Campbell River. When he reached the age of 15 he decided to start carving cedar and trained under his father Simon James Sr., a renowned artist in his own style.
After leaving Campbell River, Simon attended ‘The Vancouver Film School’ from 1996-1998. He finished both 2D classical and 3D computer animation and created a short student film called Dawn of Creation which was the inspiration for the Raven Tales episode “How Raven Stole the Sun.” Simon has worked with National Geographic’s All Roads Film Festival since 2004, being the first recipient of the National Geographic All Roads Film Grant for Raven Tales.
Simon practiced his carving for several years while living in North Vancouver and was asked to carve three totem poles for Fukushima, Japan in 2001. Simon carved a totem pole in Rosser Elementary School in Burnaby, BC in 2006 with every student from K-grade 6. This was the first of many carvings for the Burnaby school district, who has asked Simon to return four times so far. Now living on Bowen Island with his wife Naomi James, Simon has completed 26 episodes of Raven Tales and is the proud owner of Raven Tales Production Corp since 2004. Simon has collaborated on public art projects with artists on Bowen Island, including a sculpture called Embracing the Spirit of the Flame. This project started on the day that the Olympic Flame came to Bowen Island on its way to the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. In May of 2011, Simon collaborated in creating a carved cedar panel with students from kindergarten to grade 5 at the Bowen Island Community School. Early in 2013 Simon was asked again to participate in another school project in Burnaby creating an 8 x 8 ft red cedar panel with all the students in Westridge Elementary school.
Simon lives his life being involved in educating and entertaining children of all ages including his son Ryuki who was born in 2010, and his daughter Mizuki who was born in late 2012. He has his own studio in the basement of his home and likes it this way so he can be a present father for his children.
About the šxʷqʷeləwən ct Residency:
We are honoured to welcome Edgar Alan Rossetti, Randall Bear Barnetson, and Simon Daniel James as carvers-in-residence at the šxʷqʷeləwən ct Carving Centre at the Britannia Community Services Centre. Over the next few months, the artists will be working on-site to transform three cedar logs into public seating for use around the Britannia campus.
Each artist will be hosting open studio hours, artist talks and other programming during their time at šxʷqʷeləwən ct to give the public a behind-the-scenes peek into their practices.
To learn more about the project and each artist, visit: https://www.britanniacentre.org/2021/08/17/cedar-benches-at-xqelwn-ct-carving-centre.php .
- Jun 4, 2022 1:00 pm - Jun 4, 2022 2:00 pmLocation: Teen Centre
- Jun 11, 2022 11:00 am - Jun 11, 2022 1:00 pmLocation: 55+ Centre
- Jun 11, 2022 12:00 pm - Jun 11, 2022 4:00 pmLocation: Napier Greenway
- Jun 11, 2022 2:00 pm - Jun 11, 2022 4:00 pm
- Jun 12, 2022 12:00 pm - Jun 12, 2022 4:00 pmLocation: Napier Greenway
- Jun 15, 2022 3:00 pm - Jun 15, 2022 4:00 pmLocation: Britannia Plaza/55+ CentreWear purple on June 15 and join our flashmob to show support and help spread awareness.