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Item Name: Print
Title: Full Flower
Maker: Daphne Boyer
Year: 2019
Materials: print with vegetable dyes on cotton duck
Measurements: 44.5 x 44.5”
ID Number: PC2021.14

Extended Label Info: The design in this digital photo is modelled after traditional Métis beadwork. Instead of using tiny beads, the artist Daphne Boyer meticulously arranges and photographs berries. Boyer prints her photographs in a large format to show the individual berries and seeds as life size. She describes her technique as “Berries to Beads” or digital beading. For her artwork, Boyer draws inspiration from her training as a plant scientist and the relationships we share with plants and animals, as well as her Métis history and family stories. This image is part of a series that Dunlop Art Gallery exhibited in 2021, entitled “Daphne Boyer: Otipemisiwak (People who live by their own rules)” in which Boyer celebrated her matrilineal ancestors and teachers. As part of her research, Boyer worked with Dr. Maureen Matthews, Curator of Ethnology at the Manitoba Museum. The design in this image, “Full Flower” is based on a historical work, a Moss Bag beaded in the 1890s (artifact H4-2-13, Manitoba Museum). A mossbag is an Indigenous baby carrier, used to swaddle very young infants and keep them snugly wrapped. The pattern in this image depicts a wild rose, which is often featured in Métis work as a symbol of resilience. The rose thrives in the harsh weather of the prairies, and the thorny stems reflect resistance. Daphne Boyer is a Canadian visual artist and plant scientist. Her iterative practice combines plant material, high-resolution digital tools and women’s traditional handwork to create art that celebrates her family’s Métis heritage and honours plants as the basis of life on earth.