SIA: Native American mural weaving

It’s time for the new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, which I curated this round. Since this SIA go-round nearly coincides with the upcoming American holiday of Thanksgiving, I wanted to choose a work that honored Native American perspectives and artistry.

SIA inspiration pick:

I chose a breathtaking new mural in Tacoma entitled “Working Forward, Weaving Anew,” designed by lead artists Esteban Camacho Steffensen and Jessilyn Brinkerhoff. It was painted this past summer, and it’s part of a new dedication by Tacoma in supporting local Native American voices in public art. The mural is the largest of its kind in the region, at 13,000 square feet, and it’s located in the historic Brewery district of Tacoma, and it’s also part of Tacoma’s Prairie Line Trail, a linear park that showcases public art and multiple perspectives of the Northern Transcontinental Railroad. You can read more about the mural online here and here.

This past weekend, I took the following photos of this mural:

Detail of "Working Forward, Weaving Anew" mural, Tacoma, 2017

Detail of “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” mural, Tacoma, 2017

Detail of "Working Forward, Weaving Anew" mural, Tacoma, 2017

Detail of “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” mural, Tacoma, 2017

Detail of "Working Forward, Weaving Anew" mural, Tacoma, 2017

Detail of “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” mural, Tacoma, 2017

Here’s a description of the mural, as written in a Tacoma News Tribune article:

It depicts a landscape where Native American people, weaving cedar baskets in the shadow of Mount Rainier, are intercepted by a logging saw and split lumber. The wood and cane weavings peel off into living, flowering branches, trailing across railway tracks in a palette of blue and gold.

Lots of scope here for interpretations, including the blue, gold, and brown colors, as well as a mix of different textures. (If you click the photos above to enlarge them, you will notice mixed media installations of rusted iron sculptures added to the mural.)

How to participate in SIA:

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator — that’s me! — at by next Tuesday, Nov. 21st, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd — the day before Thanksgiving!


2 thoughts on “SIA: Native American mural weaving

  1. The Eyre Effect

    I don’t know if I’ve ever popped over to your blog before (mostly because I haven’t been able to read a lt of blogs lately!) but I live about 15 minutes away from Tacoma! When Salazar posted about the Tacoma mural for SIA and said you chose it, I went “no way! I live close to there!”

    Crazy. This is a super interesting mural!


    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Hi Kristina, lovely to (virtually) meet you! It’s kind of a hard mural to get to (at least by car, not on foot), as it’s in the industrial part of downtown Tacoma, but it’s worth it. It’s just so MASSIVE and full of interesting, thought-provoking details.


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