Wolf + Bear's work

" We are passionate about play. It is foundational to the health of our partnership in marriage and work, and we feel it is essential in bringing symmetry to our seeking. It is the light to the dark, so to speak, a way of bringing joy to a pursuit that can often seem weighty and deeply intimate. Play, too, brings connection, through shared laughter and delight. We hope that our artwork will bring the yang of play alongside the yin of seeking to those who enjoy it. "
" The touch of hand on paper, or smoothly carved wood, or ground herbs and spices for cooking - all of these makings weave a web of membership. The materials in our hands connect us to other hands that have touched them, other places that have held or birthed them. The creations we make open a window into our ideas and inner dreamings, and the knowledge that others dream as well. Our eyes are carried to other worlds through imagery and imagination, and our minds are opened to new ways of thinking and knowing. Making is connecting. We invite those in community with us to seek, to play, and to make as well! "

What is the most intense outdoor adventure you've experienced?

One adventure we shared was on our honeymoon. We were staying at a cabin in Michigan’s upper peninsula on a tiny inland lake, and we decided to kayak out to a tiny wooded island in the middle of it to have dinner. The island was essentially a peat bog, so …

One adventure we shared was on our honeymoon. We were staying at a cabin in Michigan’s upper peninsula on a tiny inland lake, and we decided to kayak out to a tiny wooded island in the middle of it to have dinner. The island was essentially a peat bog, so we had to keep our fire contained within a metal bucket. We were enjoying whiskey and sausages and suddenly the area under and around the bucket started on fire! Classic school-boy error, not clearing away the pine needles. Nigel had to grab the bucket, fire and all, and scramble down the steep island bank to the lake. Thankfully we got the fire stamped out, but it did put a bit of a “damper” on our romantic ourtdoorsy meal, no pun intended!

How does nature and/or outdoor adventuring inspire your art?

I (Kyria) have always loved camping, and growing up in Northern Michigan I had plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors. In college I encountered the writings of John Muir and I felt he captured the wilderness experience perfectly through his poetic words. In a way I want to do …

I (Kyria) have always loved camping, and growing up in Northern Michigan I had plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors. In college I encountered the writings of John Muir and I felt he captured the wilderness experience perfectly through his poetic words. In a way I want to do the same thing with my art (though I could never aspire to be of his caliber!). I want to translate the soul of the wild through pen and paper, and hopefully inspire others as much as Muir inspired me to “keep close to nature’s heart”.

Are there any nature enthusiasts/outdoor adventurists that particularly inspire you?

I’ve (Kyria) already mentioned him, but John Muir is basically my hero. I love his heart for the natural world and his passion for preserving the few wild spaces we have left on this earth. His essays convey a near- spiritual adoration of the wilderness. I (Nigel) am inspired by …

I’ve (Kyria) already mentioned him, but John Muir is basically my hero. I love his heart for the natural world and his passion for preserving the few wild spaces we have left on this earth. His essays convey a near- spiritual adoration of the wilderness. I (Nigel) am inspired by Ray Mears. He’s an incredible teacher, and I’ve always loved his passion for indigenous peoples around the world – learning from them but also giving back to them lost bushcraft and survival skills. I’d love to try and survive off the land sometime!

What music accompanies you outdoors?

I know Nigel likes his outdoor music to simply consist of the songs of birds and the sounds of the wind, but if I (Kyria) had to pick an artist that particularly defines the feeling of the outdoors, it would be Lord Huron. He’s folksy and chill and immediately puts …

I know Nigel likes his outdoor music to simply consist of the songs of birds and the sounds of the wind, but if I (Kyria) had to pick an artist that particularly defines the feeling of the outdoors, it would be Lord Huron. He’s folksy and chill and immediately puts me in the mood for camping. Oh, or Gregory Alan Isokov! They’re both great.

Favorite meal to eat in the backcountry:

We both love brats because they’re easy and they taste great, but it’s hard to beat a big slab of meat spit-roasted over the fire – not something we get to do often, but so worth it!

We both love brats because they’re easy and they taste great, but it’s hard to beat a big slab of meat spit-roasted over the fire – not something we get to do often, but so worth it!

What is your most prized piece of gear?

It would probably be our camera. We’re not really serious hikers, so if we’re out in nature we tend to be focuses on capturing beautiful imagery.

It would probably be our camera. We’re not really serious hikers, so if we’re out in nature we tend to be focuses on capturing beautiful imagery.

If you had to choose: While out and about in nature, would you rather have?

Wine or chocolate?
Can we have both? Haha! In all seriousness, we both try to stay away from processed sugar for health reasons, so we’d probably go for the wine. It’s the perfect accompaniment to an evening fire and a summer sunset.
Wine or chocolate?
I’d (Kyria) pick my best friend, not just …

Wine or chocolate?

Can we have both? Haha! In all seriousness, we both try to stay away from processed sugar for health reasons, so we’d probably go for the wine. It’s the perfect accompaniment to an evening fire and a summer sunset.

Wine or chocolate?

I’d (Kyria) pick my best friend, not just because it’s Nigel, but because I don’t really care that much about shoes! I’d just as well go barefoot. Good, intelligent conversation with a friend while enjoying nature beats shoes for me.

Chapstick or blister tape?

Nigel could answer for me (Kyria), because he knows I can’t live without chapstick! Nigel would go for the blister tape because he thinks chapstick is a scam. Haha!