Nature is Free
A LINO-CUT Design By: XAANJA GANJA FREE (2014)
Nature is Free represents the unity of nature.
Air, earth, water, plants, man, and animal—nature provides our needs. Life is Free. We are not born with coins in our hands to make life accessible because Mother Nature provides all our needs.
Nature is Free reminds us to share nature-freely-to live.
Nature is Free is an original design created from two different sketches from Xaanja’s sketchbook. In the process of its design, Raven appeared within the trees!
In 2014, Xaanja created a lino-cut design of her drawing.
From this linocut, she creates 4X6 inch prints and handprinted cards for sale. $20 each
Xaanja has since created many other forms of Nature is Free, it is also:
2018 * a small wire sculpture (4"x6")
2019* an acrylic painting (36"x24"),
2020* beadwork (4"x6"), and
2021* digital colorization of image with Adobe Photoshop printed onto Glossy Cards (4"x6")
Nature is Free
Made to Order Handprinted Cards & Prints
Lino Cut Print
Design a card or/ art print with the colour palette of your choice
Xaanja will make the card, or cards for you!
$20 for each card
1. Choose the colour, or two, or three colours,
2. Choose sparkle colour or no sparkles at all.
3. Name your print--
I will name the card on the back.
The price is the same per print.
Each card comes with an envelope and an insert pamphlet
about the art design and the Artist, Xaanja Free.
How I Create Nature is Free Cards
by: Metis Artist Xaanja Free
I use 110lb cardstock paper and Speedball Paint.
The Process: I fold each card by hand, some as half folds, others with an added space for a band of colour at the opening edge using the same pallette as the card colour.
If sparkle is requested, I sprinkle the sparkle on the card when the ink is wet, immediately upon the design being printed. This way the sparkle embeds in the paint and stays in place creating a raised sparkle look to the image.
Once printed (and sparkled), I hang the cards to dry on a string line in the order they are created.
Numbering & Naming Cards
Once dried, I title, date and number the cards according to the order they were made. Cards are numbered from its first print of the pallette to the last of its colour--naming the cards as a "series" on the back of the card.
I name cards based on their colour pallettes.
**I offer customers the option to name their cards.**
Inscription Includes Series Name & Number
I write on the back of each card an inscription that this card was handprinted by me, I initial it, then I name the card series and indicate the number this card is of that series:
Handprinted by XF ~[Year]~ [Series Name] #/#
Customers can name their card series when they order their cards.
It is with great pride and honour that I create these cards for you.
May 'Nature is Free' be shared as a lovely gift to someone close to you.
Sincerely, Xaanja Free
Thank You! Mahsi!
I extend a grateful~ Thank You~ Mahsi
to the First Nations, Metis & Inuit Student Association (FNMISA) of
Simon Fraser University
for inviting me to participate
as a vendor during the
1st Honouring Indigenous Students Traditional Pow Wow
held on Saturday April 22, 2023.
Thank you very much!
to all my Customers,
I am honoured by every purchase!
Xaanja Free, an Indigenous Vendor at 1st Honouring Indigenous Students Traditional Pow Wow held at Simon Fraser University on Saturday April 22, 2023.