As the spider weaves its web, the fisherman crafts his net in a system of circles and loops. Each circuit around the perimeter adds another layer to the complexity of the design. In Michael’s piece, a story connects each node of the pattern in an interactive game.

About Michael Crawford

Michael Crawford is an Ojibwe artist living in Toronto who primarily works in digital media and games. Despite all rumours to the contrary, he still does not own a cat.

About the Original Artifact

Fishing Net Weaving Gauge and Needle

Gill net needles and gauge // North Caribou Lake First Nation, Anishinaabe, (Northern Ojibwa) // Weagamow, Ontario, Canada // Black spruce // mid-20th century // 59.5 x 8 x 2 cm

For making gill nets for the capture of sturgeon.

About the Process