WALLET MENS BEAR ALEX HELIN
My Grandfather was "Hyemass" Arthur H. Helin. My great grandparents were Maude and Henry Helin-both chiefs of the Tsimshian nation. Born November 11, 1987. Born and raised in Beautiful B.C. Vancouver Island, Canada. Since I can remember I've been surrounded by indigenous culture and the tradtional Tsimshian artform thanks to my father. Growing up I was fortunate my dad took me under his wing and guilded me along with taking part of several of his wood projects. He begun teaching me how to traditionally carve and paint in the way our ancient ancestors used to do. At the age of 8 I was the youngest carver to work on the "Worlds Tallest" totem pole for the Commonwealth games in Victoria B.C. A few years later I also helped my father with the creation of his 40ft long red cedar canoe named "RavenSong" and helped paddle it to the Victoria Common wealth Games
After being exposed to wood carving and painting, I also was fortunate to have my father mentore/apprentice me in the traditional NorthWest Coast jewelery making. Of all the methods of designing and creating art in the Indigenous Tsimshian style, Jewelery for by far the most fascinating to me. I love working with precious metals and and have a passion for incorperating colored gemstones into my work. Since graduating high school I've souly focused on refining my skills in the jewelery trade. I now make rings, bracelets, pendants, and earrings and have accumulated a ton of valuable experience. Working mainly in 14k Yellow, White and Rose Gold, and of course Sterling Silver. I take ultimate care and pride in every piece I create, knowing I'm passing along the beauty of my indigenous culture to every client. My desire for the future is to keep my indigenous culture alive and strong by concistantly creating quality, hand made, high end pieces of original art for the jewelery collectors of the world.