Leanne Helin
Born in 1964 into the Hy'emass of Laxkw'alaams of the Gitgeese tribe, Tsimshian Indian Nation. Her carving talent at an early age showed her as an artist with a unique vision. In 1990, her brother Bill Helin introduced Leanne to the art of hand engraving and she began her career as native jewellery carver. As an artist in the Tsimshian tradition her work displays an extraordinary skill in its deep carving and a very rare combination of abstraction and delicacy. The Tsimshian legends come alive in all aspects of Leanne's designed jewellery.