Decolonizing Design: Open Studio with Sierra Tasi Baker

Saturday, December 5, 1:00-3:00pm

Sierra Tasi Baker, 2019

Griffin Art Projects Artist Residency, 1180 Welch St, North Vancouver, BC V7P 2R5

Join artist Sierra Tasi Baker to see the work she has made while in residence at Griffin.

Decolonizing Design is a body of work relating to the built environment and the public realm. Sierra will use the studio space at GAP to further develop content explored in her Sustainable Urbanism Masters Thesis from University College London on “Decolonizing Consultation”. The space will be used to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and the testing of new ideas. Developing a uniquely Pacific Coastal Indigenous research methodology and aesthetic to celebrate and reclaim identity of place and power, the intention is to rapidly rewrite this visual narrative through art, architecture, urban form, history and academia to develop a mixed media solutions-based approach to decolonizing design. The work will be an embodiment of the artist’s design approach as expressed through form and conceptual analysis of the colonial context.

Sierra Tasi Baker, MSc, BEnvD is an award-winning Squamish Nation, Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw, Tlingit, Haida & Hungarian designer, community consultant, entrepreneur, artist, and storyteller. Her work focuses on furthering Indigenous design and research methodologies whilst focusing on daylighting hidden histories and reconciliatory narratives. Sierra has her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the University of British Columbia and her Master’s in Sustainable Urbanism from the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London in London, England. Sierra’s company, Sky Spirit Consulting, leads Indigenous research and design initiatives locally and internationally.