Carmen Thompson – Creative Director

Carmen Thompson (Diitiidaht/Kyuquot/Coast Salish) is the Creative Director of the Indigenomics Institute. Carmen’s father, the late Art Thompson (Diitiidaht/Coast Salish), was a renowned First Nations carver and painter and he inspired her to combine both her cultural background and technical training in her work. With a wealth of experience from costume design, website development, graphic design. Thompson brings creative design in all aspects of her work.

Carmen formed her own graphic and web design company in Victoria in 1997, and lived and worked in Los Angeles to study Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise. She has worked on more than 40 feature films during her career.

Carmen was given the Nuu-chah-nulth name Tl’aakwaa from her Uncle Ron Hamilton/Ki-ke-in/Haa’yuups, means copper and it is particularly appropriate for an artist whose works are luminous, brilliant and culturally centred.