Featured Artist



Christoffer James Trimble Kovan

Kovan’s Creations Ivory Jewellery

In 1986 on July 01st, Christoffer James was born to Fred ‘Iyak’ Trimble and his wife Lorraine Rose (Harrison) Trimble, and along with his Grandmother they gave him his Eskimo name, named after his great-grandfather ‘Kovan’

Born in Nanaimo, British Columbia 37 years ago, moving to Port Alberni, BC, where they spend a few years before staying still at 59 Mile House, BC for 10 years. At the young age of 9, after years of watching his father work with many tools he began his journey of becoming an artist himself. He had the honour of selling pieces of his artwork to tourists that passed through his father’s gallery. Having an Inuvialuit background, he did pieces that reflected the north and where his parents and their parents resided.

Throughout the years he continued to thrive in his art business with his older brother. After leaving B.C he made his way to Inuvik, NT at the age of 17, where he met his now wife Patricia. They welcomed their first born, son Fred in 2008, then their second born son Preston in 2010. He then dedicated his time working a 9-5 job to provide his growing family. He married Patricia in 2011. He then welcomed a bouncing baby girl, Sarah, in 2012. Briefly living back in B.C they made their way back to Inuvik, NT where he continued to work. Hardworking and dedicated to each task at hand he started as security for the IRC, then working in the maintenance department, then he was offered a full-time position as Project Assistant. In 2018 he welcomed another baby girl named Catherine. As busy as he was, he still found time during the nights and weekends to pick up his tools again and was inspired by his beautiful wife to make jewelry such as pendants and earrings. Carving each piece with passion and having an eye for detail he began selling to locals and recently all over the world using online services. As the years pass by Kovans Creations Fine Art and Jewerly has created many pieces using many different materials such as Beluga Tooth, Sperm Whale Tooth, Bowhead Whale Baleen, Mammoth Tusk and Walrus Tusk Ivory. Pieces created are of Inuvialuit tradition, and culture.


Featured Inuvialuit Artist 

Since time immemorial, Inuvialuit artistry has been deeply valued and well sought after. This continues to hold true today. The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and Inuvialuit Community Economic Development Organization have created this website to provide our artists and seamstresses with a platform to market their work and their brand nationally. 

Our artists come from various communities across the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, each having their own unique style and colour coordination, while still sharing the same love and passion for creating unique Inuvialuit art.

Our new Feature Artist of the Month section will highlight the achievements and successes of Inuvialuit artists while making their presence known around the world.  

Each unique biography will give visitors a glimpse of the artist’s life, including where they are from, what inspires their work, and how they started creating their work.