IT IS IN THE HAND OF THE ARTIST THAT ALL CREATION SPEAKS
Welcome to Sky Spirit Studio, we are an indigenous family run business from Vancouver, BC dedicated to designing with Coast Salish values. We specialize in public art and giftware with a strong focus on reconciliation and hidden histories.We are an award winning business with over 20 years of experience in public art, urban planning, traditional and contemporary Coast Salish artwork, and giftware.
WADE BAKER & MARY TASI
CO-FOUNDERS & LIFE PARTNERS
Master Carver, Wade Baker and partner Mary Tasi have been working together for over 20 years ever since they started Sky Spirit Studio in 1995. Wade has honed his craft of working with cedar and wood to become the Master Carver and artist that he is today. Mary Tasi has 20 years urban planning experience and graduated from the University of Waterloo. They combine their expertise in Coast Salish artwork and urban design to create unique cultural experiences & places. These experiences are underpinned by their desire to create an inclusive, culturally-rich, and sustainability-focused future.
ARTIST, MASTER CARVER, SCULPTOR, ARTIST & CULTURAL KNOWLEDGE KEEPER
Wade is a sculptor, graphic designer and red cedar carver. He has been carving and creating art since he was a teenager.
As a descendent of ancient Coast Salish, Kwakiutl, Tlingit and Haida nobility, Wade has inherited a rich artistic legacy. In these traditions, art is not a separate activity, but is interwoven in life, language, custom and culture. Art is a means of spiritual expression in which a design or piece of art can encompass an entire story.
Wade’s preference is to create large public art sculptures. He has worked in steel, wood, glass, marble and many other mediums. His stainless steel North Star was commissioned for the 2010 Olympics and stands at the Vancouver Olympic Village site. One of the highlights for Wade was meeting Prince Charles when the North Star was unveiled in 2009.
Wade has also produced smaller public art designs and in 2000, Wade’s wolf design was selected to be part of the millennium series of Royal Canadian Mint quarters. 50 million quarters were produced with Wade’s design and are now in circulation.
Wade is a member of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and a Director at Large for Aboriginal Tourism British Columbia.
Most recently, Wade started writing the history of his British ancestors Lieutenant Joseph Baker, an early mapmaker of the British Columbia Coast, and Robert Hunt, a fur trader and factor with the Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1850’s
SIERRA TASI BAKER
Gesuqwaluck is Sierra's Kwakiutl name for "Creative One" and is derived from the root word "To Carve." Sierra is a strong advocate for sustainability through design and offers sustainability consultation, design, and environmental planning.