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     Andrea Hildebrand is a multidisciplinary craftsperson working and living in Waterloo Ontario.  Andrea Graduated from both Sheridan College and The Ontario College of Art and Design with a Degree in Ceramics and Design.  Her studio is located at Torchlight Tattoo where she works with her husband, Chris who is a Tattoo and charcoal artist.  They have a small gallery and retail space for their work and offer opportunities for other artists to exhibit their work as well.

     “At this time, I am thinking a lot about the privilege and power imbalances that exist in our culture.   These imbalances often create harm to the environment, to the equality of all people, and to the human spirit.   This is a primary consideration for me when I make my work and determine my responsibilities as an artist.  I’m thinking about my place here in Canada and on the Haldimand Tract.  I am descended from some of the original Mennonite settlers here on the Tract.  I am also descended from the early German settlers here.  Having both of these lineages entwined in my personal identity, makes me very curious about my ancestral history.  My ancestors have been both the oppressor and the oppressed in different historical periods and places.  We are always seeking to understand who we are and so now, I am asking myself:  How does my heritage inform how I may use my craft to work for peace?  I don’t know the answers yet, but I am exploring this question while using our studio/gallery space as a forum to create discussion about matters of ongoing colonialism.”


Land Acknowledgements 

     I would like to gratefully acknowledge that I live and work on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. Torchlight Tattoo and my studio are situated on the Haldimand Tract, land promised to Six Nations, which includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

     As a ceramic artist, my materials are drawn from the land in a very direct way and each source of my clay and the people who originally inhabited and stewarded that land must be acknowledged with gratitude as well.  The components of my clay body are sourced from:


     The traditional territory of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Nakoda (Stoney), and Tsuut'ina of Ravenscrag Saskatchewan, the Treaty 7 territory.  Thank you.

     The traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Assiniboine, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. This is the territiory of the Treaty 2 First Nations communities including: Dauphin River, Ebb & Flow, Keeseekoowenin, Lake St. Martin, Lake Manitoba, Little Saskatchewan, O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi, Pinaymootang and Skownan of Sainte Rose, Manitoba.  Thank you.

     The vast ancestral territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy, which consisted of the A’Aninin, Northern and Southern Piegan, and the Blood Tribes of Grass Range, Montana.  Thank you.


(Content of land acknowledgements adapted from the CAUT Guide to Acknowledging Traditional Territory and Wikipedia.)

As the founder of Torchlight Tattoo, Chris weaves mindful compassion and empathy into his daily practice with the intention of creating a tattoo space that challenges traditional expectations of the craft. Preferring monochromatic mediums, Chris works with ink, pencil, charcoal, fumage, and black & grey tattoo ink.

His fascination with the natural world has inspired him to explore the textures of fur, flesh, and bone in his work - and while he is eager to meet the individual needs of all his clients and create tattoo projects of all types, he favors any opportunity to adorn the human form with plant, animal, or mineral.