Sunday, August 17, 2014

TRANSMONTAINE (Crow/Nez Perce - Shoshone ) style bags

I just finished a new pipe bag for a Shoshone friend of mine,  and thought I would show it as well as another recent bag I made.  I am calling them "Transmontaine" which is a style of beadwork that encompassed the Plateau and part of the Great Basin areas.  It is not a style that only the Crows or the Nez Perce' did.  The Shoshones also had their own variants on this style.  


Most Crow/Nez Perce and Shoshone pipe bags were more of a shorter,  squatter style than what was made on the Plains.   And they for the most part lacked quill wrapped rawhide slats below the beaded panels.  Although on Crow and Nez Perce' bags the fringe is often wrapped in wool yarn and on rare occasions ( older bags ) they used quills as well.  


This pipe bag I had fun getting a little baroque with the design and colors.  A very contemporary spin on more traditional style.  I also did a full color change on both panels,  although the designs are the same.…I like to play with color.  


These bags are of course my own interpretation of this regional style.  All are beaded using antique Italian beads on smoked brain tanned deer and antelope hide.  Sinew sewn.  

Angela 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART, WINE AND ART AUCTION

This weekend,  the 28th of June is the Maryhill Museum of Art wine and art auction.   I donated this purse I made just for them,  based on Columbia River petroglyphs from the area surrounding the museum.  It is beaded using 13/0 cut beads and 24k. gold plated cut beads,  on Italian leather.   Here is the link to the auction catalog http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/2013/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Maryhill-Museum-Auction-Catalog-06-24-2014.pdf    

Bid early and bid often :-)  Proceeds help support special projects and exhibits at the museum.  






                                                                      Angela

Monday, June 16, 2014

APPALOOSA JOURNAL!

Today was a great day!  Just got my copy of the Appaloosa Journal.  They did a 10 page,  15 photo expose' on my horse "Cappy and myself :-)  I am very honored by them choosing us.   And right after I got the magazine I got a phone call from the previous owners of the stallion who sired Cappy.  Seems his father was far more than I even knew.  Multiple World Champion who sired world champions.  Had a great talk with him ( And I knew the name immediately as he is huge in the Quarter Horse World as a breeder ).  He was very happy to see this article featuring his former horses last son :-)  






So yeah…..It was a pretty good day today :-)  Pick up a copy if you can :-)

Angela



Thursday, May 29, 2014

GRIZZLY BEAR CLAW NECKLACE

I just finished this grizzly claw necklace.  It was made using 20 real ( and legally permitted ) grizzly claws.  


I wanted the narrative of the necklace to be on the impressive nature and power of the claws.  So it was kept very simple,  made with ocher stained smoked brain tanned hide and aged brass beads.  

The style was based on some early examples.  Although most of those used red cloth on them instead of hide.   At the time they were made,  cloth was far more valuable than hide was. 






And talking of impressive - Look at the numerous bear claw necklaces that Dr. Whirlwind is wearing.  This is one of my favorite images of the people here.  Strength and pride.   

Angela 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

HI HO! CALIFORNIA COWGIRL!

Just finished this California Cowgirl purse I made for a good friend of mine.  


I beaded this using a combination of beads ( Size 13 and 14 antique Italian beads and modern Czech cut beads,  with a few 12/o antique Italian beads in the mix. )  I also used sterling silver beads,  and sterling silver Navajo buttons.   Mounted on a "California Poppy" retro tooled Italian leather hide.  

Love having fun sometimes just making things for the joy of it :-)  

Angela 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

COLUMBIA RIVER PETROGLYPH INSPIRED BAGS.

I recently completed two bags,  based on Columbia River Petroglyphs.  


Both bags,  photographed on petroglyphs from the Columbia River currently housed at Maryhill Museum of Art.  

This first bag is based on a few very early examples of bags from the Columbia river area ( Ca. 1840 ). There is little work existing from that era today.   This one was a special project for a close friend.  Before the Bonneville Dam was built and covered Celilo Falls ( possibly the largest fishery in the world  , with so many salmon migrating up the river it was said you could walk across on their backs )  it was a highly traveled area by tribes from the Columbia River and Plateau region and beyond.  The falls were a huge trading crossroads, and after introduction of beads by Europeans,  many tons of trade goods were ferried up the river by traders to trade with inland tribes.  Sometimes accidents occurred,  and at one time you could find beads intermixed in the sand on the banks of the river.   My friend used to walk these banks collecting beads with his mother who was fighting cancer.  It was a very special time for them and probably extended her life for several years.  The beads and buttons they found are the very ones I used to make this bag for him.  This area is now the backwaters of the dam,  which covered vast stretches of important fisheries,  river banks and also petroglyphs which will never be seen again unless the dam is removed.  

This bag is on brain tanned deer hide,  sinew sewn with found antique pony beads and quilled with wolf moss dyed porcupine quills.  


This bag is a modern rendition of petroglyph designs,  again using Columbia River rock art inspiration.  It is beaded with 13/0 cut beads and 24k gold beads on Italian leather.   

Both of these bags have a lot of meaning for me,  as this is the art from where I grew up.   I can relate this to a sense of place and people.   

Angela 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

FLYING SKULLS!

Now that my work for the glass show is done,  time to complete a few half done projects as well as get back to work on some plans I have for future work. 




This is a clutch purse I finished today.  Beaded in 13/0 cut beads and sterling silver beads,  mounted on aubergine lizard hide.  It is lined in a bright shocking pink lambskin.

So stay tuned…I hope to have some more new purses in the upcoming months.

Angela

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A LITTLE MORE GLASS….

Getting the final details done for my Maryhill Museum of Art show,  which opens March 15th.   Always seems there is just "One" more detail to do.  But I feel I am getting close….unless of course I decide there is more to do.  Why are us artists never satisfied ?

Anyway…got the iron stands done…and I think ?  I am finished and ready for my opening.







Angela 

Friday, January 17, 2014

MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART SHOW - Finishing up!

Whew!  Getting the final work done for my show at Maryhill Museum of Art.   


These are glass medicine amulets and will go into a glass parfletche case.   I made these out of glass so they are mere representations and not items that can be used as "medicine".  I did these to convey a idea,  like a painting.  


The bird skull is hand sculpted glass and the arrow head is mahogany obsidian.  

Feels great getting this work completed!  Think I'll go for long run now :-) 

Angela 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART SHOW


I am just finishing up my work for a exhibit of glass art of mine that will be taking place at the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale Washington.  http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/2013/maryhill-museum-of-art-announces-2014-special-exhibitions  The exhibit will be from March 15th thru November 15th 2014.  I am very excited about it to say the least.  


This is one of the new works which will be in the exhibit.  Its been something I have had in mind for 8 years,  since I was Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School.  Finally I was able to make this and some other works which have been in my brain for a long time wanting out.  


What this represents is a medicine bundle containing a golden eagle.  I don't like to make actual "Medicine" items ( I take these things serious ) unless they are going to the proper place and people.  So…this is merely a representation of what one might be.  It is not a copy of a existing bundle nor meant to be so.  It is a artistic rendition.  


Normally the tube parfletche would be rawhide so you would not see what was contained inside.  I wanted to make the container a suggestion and focus on the contents.  

Hope some of you out there can come and see the show :-) 

Angela 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

THE BLUE BUDDHA

Between all the other projects I have been working on,  I occasionally make a few purses.  I love to make them.  I like to branch out to other subjects that are not always centered around Native images.  


I just finished my "Blue Buddha" - the healing Buddha purse today.   It is made using 13/0 cut beads and 24 K gold beads on Imported Italian leather.  The drops are crystal beads and Czech glass buddhas.  


The back side of the purse - The Tibetan version of the eyes of Buddha.  


I made this purse this summer but forgot to do a final photo of it.   A clutch purse of beaded victorian era illustrated butterflies done in 13/0 cut beads and 24 k gold plated beads,  on designer Italian leather.  


This one I have posted before….but what the heck.  The more the merrier.  A Dio de los Muerto's bag done in 13/0 cuts and 24 k. Gold plaited beads on smoked brain tanned hide.  the fringes are crystal beads and Czech glass skulls.  

I really love making these purses.  And there will be more to come.   It all takes time - but I have a few locked in my brain yet waiting to come out.  

Angela 

Friday, December 13, 2013

CHARMS AND FETISHES


This time of year I like to make little items like this as gifts for my friends and family for the holidays.   I don't make these type of items for sale as I believe they should only be given away and not sold.  I like to make them now as here in the Northwest,  we believe the presence of the spirits and holy people are at their greatest,  so I like to do these with good intent and want that to be strong.  

Some of these I did a few years ago. I end up with a lot of little old parts ( like beads and bells ) with my work so a great way to use them.   Most material on these are antiques and all are beaded using antique Italian seed beads or pony beads.  


I made this one yesterday for a friend.  A bear fetish.  


Detail of the bear fetish.  The claw and feather on it are made of glass.  


A horse fetish and iniskim I made for myself a few years ago. 


This is umbilical fetish I did when my horse Cappy was born.  It contains his actual umbilical fetish which I saved and dried.  


The other side of the umbilical fetish.  

Have a happy season everyone,  and think of and help others.  

Angela 

DRESSED IN HONOR

I  just realized I forgot to post the finished photos of the collaborative work I did with the amazing glass artist Shelley Muzylowski Allen.   So…Here it is.  


I have to say,  it was really like a dream come true to work with Shelley.   I met her when she was on the glass blowing team of William Morris, working at the time at Pilchuck Glass School.  When I saw what was possible with glass while watching William Morris and his team create magic,  and also that Shelley herself also was interested in horses as a subject matter,  I knew I wanted to do something with her.   


Well we finally were able to make that happen.  And with great acceptance as this piece did not last long in the gallery.   So,  hopefully we can get together again soon and do some more collaborative work.  I have to say it was a dream for me to work with Shelley.  Her talent and professionalism was a real boost to say the least.  


Sometimes things just work if you give it time :-) 

Angela 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

INCISED BUFFALO RAWHIDE PARFLETCHE - New twist on a old technique.

I just finished this envelope style incised buffalo rawhide parfletch case.  Well,  I think I might be done. Still deciding if I antique it up or not.  


I decided to try a new application to a very old technique.  Incised parfletche's were something made in the mid - 19th century,  and existing examples are pretty rare.   Part of the rarity I believe is due to the actual materials needed - epidermal on buffalo rawhide.  Its not easy to do ( It cannot be scraped free of hair...it has to be slipped off and there is a fine line between slipping the hair and the entire epidermal layer coming off )  It can also be done by striking the hair on rawhide with a hammer or stone but is incredible labor intensive. 




The very top layer of the rawhide is cut and scraped away to reveal the white under layer.  


This is another one I did a few years back for some Plateau horse gear I made.  All the old ones I have seen examples of are done in a geometric style.  So this portrait might be a first doing this technique.


 Angela

Sunday, November 10, 2013

SPLIT HORN BONNETS - A RE-DOUX

I decided to start killing some old posts on this blog and re-posting some of the photos.  So this is a consolidation of a few posts.  


This is a split horn bonnet that I made for a gallery show a few years ago.  It is now in a private collection.  


This bonnet is made in a classic Plateau style of work.  To make them really look great,  it takes a LOT of ermine hide.  


The cloth I used was hand died selvedge edge cloth.  


The feathers are hand painted reproduction feathers.  The horns are split and shaved buffalo. 


The beadwork was done on buffalo hide,  using antique Italian seed beads sewn with sinew.  The buttons are old flat brass buttons which were commonly traded back in the day.  


This last bonnet was one which I made as a memorial piece for my father when he passed away.  He served 20 years in the military on active duty and years more in reserve.  He fought wars,  he killed men during his service and later greatly regretted this,  and in his last years suffered greatly both physically and also mentally due to his service.  But he was proud to serve his country.    This was a very personal piece for me...so please respect that fact and don't copy it.   

Angela