For the past three year HAT has been working with Nuu-chah-nulth artist and entrepreneur Wilson Tutube as our local artist “in habitat.” A full time entrepreneur, Wilson has often shared his art with HAT which we have used on the promotional materials for a number of events. We have even collaborated on two Facebook-based contests where members of our community nominated a species and winners received an original Tutube of the winning species (keep your eyes on Facebook for more opportunities like this in the future)!
Wilson often visits the HAT office and often spends time showing HAT staff what he’s working on while looking and listening for inspiration. As a volunteer who creates images to be used on event media such as poster, newsletter and forums (just to name a few) Wilson is always interested in finding new ways to represent the spirit of a more-than-human neighbours through combining modern techniques with Nuu-chah-nulth tradition.
Most recently we have used his art in bringing awareness to the local bat population. The 2019 Bat Bash used Wilson’s image of a bat in a posters and across social media promoting the popular event. An image of Wilson’s bat has also made its way onto several of the bat boxes that are used in residential areas for the roosting colonies.
Wilson also has sold some of his art pieces to our staff for their use in private homes.
Over the past three years we have watched Wilson grow and his creativity spread across mediums. One example, (pictured above) was Wilson’s making of an owl mask for Halloween, showing that his talents are not limited to the canvas and computer screen.
We have benefited from Wilson’s support and initiative, and are very excited that he is always keen to work with a not for profit organisation like Habitat Acquisition Trust!
Kleco, Kleco Wilson!
An example of Wilson's art - The blending of the traditional and the modern for HAT's "Bat Bash" promotion