Inuit Artists’ Profile Interview Forms
Inuit Artists’ Interview Introduction
“Isaruit Inuit Arts: Pijunarnnivut” is a group of Inuit artists in Ottawa who started working to support Inuit artists in 2019. Isaruit is building a full website to serve and support Inuit artists in Creating, Knowing , and Sharing their work. It will also be a site that people who want to purchase Inuit art can go to. We have an Artists’ Profile section, where each artist can have a page, that gives your name, a short bio, a photo of yourself, and photos of some of the things that you have made in the past (Portfolio) . In the future, we hope his artists’ Profiles will be directly connected with our E-commerce Gallery, once we get it up and running. We’re hoping to have our website live by August 31st this month. We hope this Isaruit Arts website becomes really supportive and successful for Inuit Artists in all Inuit Nunanga.
Would you like to have a page on our artists’ gallery? / Are you interested in having a page ?
We have some questions we ask everyone… is it OK if I record this interview? – We’ll have your page in English and Inuktitut.
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- Can you send us a photo of yourself? To firstname.lastname@example.org or Abby..
- Can you send us photos of some of the art work you have done ? (with captions on the photos telling what it is, if they want to ).
- Are there any other artists you know who I could ask if they want a page too? … Write down their names and phone numbers on the back of the interview page.
- Just want to let you know that I will write up your profile and it will be on the artists’ profile page of our website when it goes live at the end of August.
- We will send you a one time payment of $175 by EMT on the pay day following your submission of the photos for your profile. Please provide your email EMT address.
- Thank you! Let us know if we can help you in any way.
Isaruit Artists’ Profile Interview Template
** means please write the answer on this paper
- **Your legal name: **Also known as:
- ** How you sign your art work (and pronunciation):
- **Your home community:
- **Where you are living now:
- Your Year of birth (Optional):
- **Contact information: **Email: **Phone: **Postal address (include street #, postal code etc.: s.0078
- (If you work, what is your profession or work?) (Optional):
- What did you love doing when you were growing up?
- **What traditional Inuit cultural activities are you involved in?What is the reason you are doing art?
- **What materials do you like to work with?
- **What kind of Inuit arts do you create?
- **What is your specialty?
- **What subjects do you focus on?
- Who encouraged or taught you to do art?
- How and when did that happen?
- **What have other artists commented about your art?
- Where do you most often sell your artwork? & What do you think are the best ways to sell your artwork –
I Online Isaruit website,
II Through a gallery
III At an arts and crafts show
IV Your own facebook
V In person
VI Get someone else to sell it for you?
- Do you have any pieces for sale in a gallery now or before? Or do any of your relatives sell their art through galleries? **If so, which galleries?
- Have you ever had any art in an art show?
**If so, which one(s)? Where? When?
- Anything else you would like to say? Anything to say to encourage other Inuit artists? Or Inuit young people?
List of Inuit Visual Arts Activities – Sananguarusiit, (Sanrulujat, Sanaqataat)
Drawing in pencil or ink
Drawing in colour, pencil crayon or markers
Painting in acrylics or oils
Water colour painting
Print Making on paper
Wall Hangings: Avaluamiutak
Printing on Cloth
Sewn wall hangings – appliqué or embroidery
Three dimensional wall art
Sewn skin hats
Crocheting other items
Miniature parka pulls
Jewelry Making –Earrings
Jewelry Making- Neck pieces
Jewelry Making- Pins
Beading as Jewelry
Amautik frontpiece beading
Other clothing decoration
Carving antler or horn
Carvings for installations outside or in buildings
Of any kind
Qajaaq (Kayak) Making
Qamutiik (Dogsled) Making
Niksiq (Gaff hook) Making
Models of Traditional life
Basket weaving (N. Quebec)
Making replicas of traditional objects
Combining music/ spoken word recordings with visuals
Combining a wide variety of objects / materials
List of Traditional Inuit Cultural Activities
Hunting (all kinds)
Inuit food preparation & feasts
Snow house building
Foraging for plants for food
Surviving on the land/ sea
Making things from animal parts
Fixing & inventing things
Teaching the youth
Learning from and helping elders
Visiting in the community