Ëdhä (Hide)

Amber Ross

Artist Statement

I began my final year here at Emily Carr trying to figure out a way to make my printmaking background sit closer to my Indigenous culture through the use of hide. Hide is a material I’ve become familiar with through regalia and moccasins which I own and use. It has a natural suede side that adds a textural element to my prints that paper doesn’t. It’s imperfect with holes, wrinkles, and rugged edges. It adds personality I could never imitate. I’ve been developing a streamline way of screen-printing using a one-shot method onto hide I’ve chosen and cut. Figuring out how to work with it’s flexibility and natural shed was difficult but not impossible. Finding ways of using materials familiar to me and a practice that I enjoy is only the first step into what I hope to be a fulfilling journey.

Midnight Fox

silkscreen print on dyed elk hide


  • Midnight Fox combines two familiar elements from the Yukon that many can easily recognize, foxes and spruce trees. I was inspired by the foxes that would run through my yard and disappear into the trees.

Fireweed and Friends

silkscreen print on tanned elk hide


  • Fireweed is the territorial flower of the Yukon. It covers the land in the summer and is a jarring symbol most people remember us by. Fireweed happens commonly after forrest fires hence the name and is a beautiful sight amongst dead trees. I was inspired by how something tragic could bring something beautiful as well.

P.S. Books!

  • I also do bookmaking! I’m currently exhibiting two of my books I’ve made this year at Hotam Press in the “New and Noteworthy” exhibition along with some of my fellow graduates. It runs until the end of May and you can see them on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5pm (walk-in or by appointment)
  • Hotam Press Gallery 218 East 4th Avenue (off Main Street) Vancouver, BC V5T 1G5
  • Email to book an appointment: hotampress@gmail.com

Amber Ross

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Amber was born in Whitehorse, Yukon and raised both in the Yukon and Alaska. She is a First Nations artist from Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation and a member of Crow Clan. She has received the Ian Gillespie Aboriginal Scholarship while studying at Emily Carr University. She also has participated in The Aboriginal Student Art Exhibitions "The Hands Talk" and "Here." run by the Aboriginal Gathering Place and in the Many Nations Mini-Galleries run by the Burnaby Festival of Learning. She continues to build her practice focusing on interconnecting her printmaking with her Indigenous identity.
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