Meghan Carich is a self-taught artist, creating and designing leather spirit masks. Her background in fashion design has been instrumental in creating the patterns for her masks. Her own work has been shown in galleries since 2008, though another focus of hers is a self-discovery, self-development 3D mask-making program for youth she created. Meghan has been teaching mask making since 2007 and has recently taught The Spirit of Me in Regina, Saskatchewan. She teaches that art takes time, the quality of one's art must be given time, not be rushed.
I feel that my mask is healing me. Special needs student in "The Spirit of Me" program
Although I am still a child, I have big dreams, and they aren't impossible. I want to be recognized as a girl with determination, loyalty, self-rights, kindness, adventurous, and so on. Nevertheless, I still have a long way to go and the mask remains as a beginning. Grade 7 student
My mask represents who I am and I am fabricated of strengths and weaknesses that can be interpreted in this mask, but I can choose to wield those traits to protect me against the battle called life. With this mask I have created goals and I have made promises; so I will use these traits as a rowboat that will get me to the island of my destination. Although I do know that I also have to put in hard labour to get to where I want to go, therefore the reoccurring white in my art, is the hope that I will use as my oar. Grade 7 student
Students will create a cardboard frame of a three-dimentional salmon mask. Using their imagination, creativity and dexterity they will explore design, transfer and symmetry using traditional symbolism with modern interpretation. Projects and plays can be created as well to tell their story. The Journey of the Salmon was a project written and performed by Crescent Park Grade 4 students at Guildford Mall in 2010 for the seventh annual Surrey Reads. The students also held a private showing for the Honourable Stephanie Cadieux, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Ocean Park Librarian Eva Wilson and local press to share the story.
Students will create a cardboard frame of a three-dimentional spirit mask. Using their imagination, creativity and dexterity they will explore design, transfer and symmetry using traditional symbolism with modern interpretation. Each mask created becomes the student's story and their power of expression, thus achieving self-awareness and a greater sense of pride. The Spirit of Me can be used as a mentor program for self-development and self-discovery.