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ross began collecting bark in 2004 and worked with an assistant, graphic design student Jenni Tiles, to complete the piece in her own living room. The salvaged bark was stripped, pounded and measured, then woven, with the woolen motifs integrated onto the surface.
SFU allowed her to focus her energy and attention on this project, while the Government of Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Creation grants have helped cover the cost of materials, shipping and transportation.
"One thing I'm grateful to SFU for is that there's time enough to do research creation," she said. "And they're very generous that way, and I have to thank them for that opportunity."
Forest Person was welcomed to the SLCC during an official blessing ceremony held late last week, with Squamish Chief Janice George. It was also the first time ross had visited the facility.
"It's amazing! I've been to a lot of cultural centres, and it's breathtaking! It's so beautiful and I love how they have their ambassador program with their young adults and that they have the elders involved, because those are two groups of people that often get ignored."
Forest Person will remain on display at the SLCC in Whistler until March. ross hopes people come away from the piece with a renewed feeling of love and connection with the natural world.