The translation of “Nojimoo’” from Ojibway to English is “to heal, to cure.” Creating this brain was a journey of pain and healing that moved the artist. She persisted because she believes this sculpture is a part of her life’s work.
The brain has logical and creative sides that work together. One side cannot exist without the other. This is reflected in Indigenous cultures. The earth, air and water co-exist in a beautiful balance: abalone for the sea, stones for earth, and butterflies and dragonflies for air. Each area of the sculpture has corresponding natural healing stones that address ailments in that specific cranial area.
Rita Tesolin, an intellectual property lawyer, traded the courtroom for the runway, and hasn’t looked back.
She officially launched her designing career in 2003 and was quickly labelled the “Stone Angel” by Elle Canada. She later joined its Hot 100 list and was later named “The Costume Queen” by Flare Magazine.
Her designs have graced the covers of Elle Canada, Elle Quebec, Flare, Zinc, Wedlux, Chatelaine, Today’s Bride, Fashion and many others. She consistently maintains her unique style while being on trend yet trendless.
Tesolin has collaborated with many Canadian fashion designers including but not limited to David Dixon, Arthur Mendonca, Evan Biddell, Lucien Matis, Brandon Dwyer and Wesley Badanjak. She was a regular on the runways at Toronto Fashion Week.
Her creations have been showcased on Canadian and American celebrities, and worn by the hosts of television shows such as Etalk, Project Runway Canada, Canada’s Next Top Model, and So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
Her celebrity clientele includes Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Nelly Furtado, Sheryl Crow, Pink, Drew Barrymore, Yasmin Warsame, Coco Rocha, Laureen Harper and Kesha.