Totem Design House
A bold re-imagining of the traditional animal crests of the Northwest Coast Peoples.
Totem Design House is a family collaboration between brother and sister creative team Jesse & Erin Brillon. The Brillons are of Haida and Cree ancestry and have grown up in deep appreciation of their rich cultural heritage. Raised on the Northwest Coast of BC to a commercial fishing family, the two were raised on the Pacific Ocean. Being grounded in nature and in their culture, the two have been inspired and influenced by the art of their people. Jesse, having been taught by the great carvers such as Bill Reid and Don Yeomans in his teen years, has been carving museum quality jewelry for the last decade. Jesse provides the bold Haida motif while Erin, develops the design and color combinations to enhance the striking Haida totem animal designs in fresh new ways.
Totem Design House is an endeavour cultivated on Indigenous values. Based on four pillars, first being kind to the earth. TDH focuses on creating products that utilize eco-friendly materials as often as possible. Secondly, creating a local economy and working with local artists and makers - TDH is not going overseas to mass produce goods. Thirdly, we believe that Indigenous hand made products are part of our history, and one we want to continue- even while utilizing modern technology. We are hands on with production with our products (occasionally using "ready made" garments such as hoodies). Finally, we give back. Totem Design House is committed to giving back to Indigenous youth programs and fundraising efforts for Indigenous communities.
All of Totem Design House motif is printed by hand by
Erin and her daughter Marlo on Vancouver Island, Canada.