Artwork by Tamela LaClair
About the Artist
Tamela Laclair is a member of the Skokomish Tribe. She watched her grandpa, Bert Wilbur hunt, fish and carve and was intrigued. She did some artwork with artist Bobbi Bush In grade school and loved it. But, it wasn’t until she reached 16 years of age when she got with her now husband, Dale RedHawk Laclair, she really started to learn more of her Twana roots. His parents, Patrick and Lametta Laclair were always hunting, fishing, gathering, and weaving. Their family was really rooted to Twana traditional values and saw she had a passion for art and motivated her to pursue her love for Salish artwork. Lametta taught her how to weave on a loom and weave cedar baskets and gather. She now carries on those traditions she has learned. Artwork is a form of expression and handed down from the creator and we need to teach it to the next generation so it’s not forgotten. She hopes to carry it down to her son.
She works with acrylic, color pencils, cedar, drums, heat press designs and weaving; including cedar and wool. She has had artwork in the Washington history museum and the evergreen state college. She has artwork in the new Skokomish community center including the gym floor design and in the meeting room dedicating it to her mom, Darlyn Warren, her mom was a big impact on the Skokomish community.
Tamela would like to give a special thanks to: her mom, Dad, husband, my mother and father in law, my gram and gramp, my son and the great creator for being with me every step of the way.