We Are The OceanCollar: Merino wool, silk, steel cones, leather. Ravenstail patterns, crochet, basketry twining technique. “Woman as a Wave” Robe: Merino wool, silk, cedar bark. Chilkat and Ravenstail techniques, crochet, basketry twining technique. “Tidal” Apron: Merino wool, silk, leather, steel cones. Chilkat and Ravenstail techniques.$84,000
Ursala Hudson is of Caucasian, Filipino, and Alaska Native descent. The exposure to Tlingit culture and traditions in tandem with the dominant Western society has cultivated a blurred worldview and esoteric philosophies on life and art-making. She oftentimes finds herself caught between opposing schools of thought and aesthetic preferences, inciting further inquiry—driving the creative process.
After a twenty-year career in freelance graphic design, Ursala’s fiber art practice and Indigenous couture fashion designs draw on the calculated, bold, and innovative practices of her digital art background. She primarily works in the hand-twining wool-around-wool artform of Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving styles from her ancestral homeland in Southeast Alaska. Ursala has come to find that weaving ceremonial regalia offers her a voice to uplift her communities and reclaim sovereignty in an Indigenous future.