Gord Downie 'Spirit Hat'Mus_SpiritHat_Pur_14x11 $45.00
When the Tragically Hip set out on their final Canadian tour, frontman Gord Downie was in rare form. His costumes were amazing—suits of metallic, iridescent leather and spectacular hats fashioned by Toronto-based milliner Karyn Ruiz.
After the tour, Gord embarked on his last project called The Secret Path, the story of a young aboriginal boy named Chanie Wenjack who died trying to escape his residential school. National Chief Perry Bellegarde ultimately bestowed a great honour on Gord for this work—the Lakota spirit name Wicapi Omani which roughly translates to "Man Who Walks Among the Stars".
The story behind our 'Gord Downie Spirit Hat' Art print
My inspiration for this piece draws on the work of Karyn Ruiz, Gord's spirit name, and his personality. The hat illustration and feather arrangements are inspired by Karyn's style. The feathers themselves consist of peacock, owl, and eagle. The eagle feather is a nod to Gord's aboriginal work and the title bestowed upon him. The owl feathers are for his wisdom and masterful poetry. And the peacock feathers are for his on-stage persona and the way he carried himself throughout his career.
- Photo illustration of a bowler-style hat and custom feather arrangement
- Made in Canada gallery-style hardwood frames
- Prints are protected behind 2mm thick acrylic glazing offering the same clarity and quality as glass yet won't break during shipping
- Acid-free, foam core backing board
- Archival-grade dustcover
- Hardware installed—ready to hang out of the box!
- Photo Luster (Semi-gloss): Ultra bright white, 10 mil thick, acid-free, coated paper produces extra bold colour and high-resolution images on a semi-gloss surface
- Every ManMade Art prints is individually reproduced to museum (archival) standards with papers and inks guaranteed not to fade or yellow for up to 200 years