Hand Engraved Gold

Original Designs


Silver Anishinaabe Collection

Sharifah draws on her knowledge of Woodlands Style Art to create unique works such as “To Honour Our Indigenous Veterans” in collections at The Vancouver Museum. One of very few female engravers Sharifah is also an accomplished muralist, working with artists Richard Tetrault and Jerry Whitehead, among others, to complete Western Canada’s largest mural on the Orwell Hotel.

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“Sharifah Marsden‘s work is completly unique. She uses Northwest Coast engraving techniques to depict symbols and motifs from her Anishinaabe heritage.”- Lattimer Gallery

Anishinaabe Painted Shield Series

This series of traditional rawhide shields are decorated with symbols that represent the struggles with are experiencing in recent years, touching on a variety of contemporary issues connected to the pandemic and reconciliation.

I chose emojis used in social media that empowered us, bringing us together during these times. The shields are made with acrylic paint and variety of traditional materials including: Elk hide, deer hide, brass ring, cherry wood ring, leather, feathers, and, beads.

Shields are traditionally used for protection, and in more contemporary time, they are used to symbolically protect the home or space in which they are hung.


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