Friday, July 15, 2016


Reposting some photos of moccasins I have made over the previous 25 years.   Some of the photos are less than optimal - as back then I didn't have a digital camera or photo studio. 

Tall top Southern Plains style moccasins, made with brain tan,  natural pigment paint,  13/0 charlotte cut beads,  brass spots and mescal bean drops.  Rawhide soles.  

Another pair of Southern style tall tops,  and some early style quilled and pony beaded N. Plains mocs. Brain tan nice,  natural pigments, brass conches,  mescal bean drops,  trade cloth.  13/0 cuts on left,  pony beads on right.  

Tall Top Southern Mocs - Brain tanned hide,  natural pigments,  13/0 cut beads,  sterling silver buttons.  

Blackfoot style moccasins  -  Sinew sewn on brain tanned moose,  antique italian beads.  

Lakota style moccasins - Sinew sewn on brain tanned buffalo.  Antique Italian beads.  

Modern Southern moccasins.  13/0 cut and 24k. gold beads on Italian designer leather.  Red calfskin trim.  

My own personal mocs.  Plateau style.  Brain tanned deer,  antique cut beads,  antique French steel and brass beads.   


Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Wow - Its been a interesting week in cyberspace.   Firstly,  finding people on Pintrest claiming I don't make the beadwork in my photos on this blog ( ignorant and weird ) and now,  I find out there is someone trying to sell to gift stores or set up shows,  claiming they are selling my beadwork.  Total lie! I don't make and sell gift grade beadwork.  I only make one of a kind items,  which usually are in high end collections or museums.   Whom ever is doing this is pulling a huge scam.

I was told by a store in California the person approaching them had beadwork on a pillow ( which I don't make ) with the images of Kachinas on it.  I have NEVER done this,  nor would I,  as Kachinas are seen as sacred beings by the Pueblo tribes.   They would not be something I would want to make and capitalize on.  

So beware if approached with low end goods claiming they are mine.   They are probably imported beadwork.   And beware whom ever is doing this - I will hunt you down like a dog.  And those who know me know I don't make idol threats.


Saturday, July 9, 2016


I have decided to re-edit some old posts from this Blog.   When I first started this Blog,  other internet sites didn't exist,  or were not the monsters they are today.  Sadly,  a lot of my old photos were not watermarked.  They have ended up everywhere on the web.  Not being identified or even misidentified is one thing,  but I have even come across posts claiming I don't do all this work!   While I cannot do much about those who copy and plagiarize my work,  I can voice my dismay over some of these claims.   So if photos are shared,  now they at least have my name on them.  

This hat is now in private collection ( all of them are in fact ).  It as part of my Maryhill Museum of Art show in 2014 

Detail of the "Buffalo Girl" hat.  Beaded with Czech cut beads,  Antique Micro Beads,  Copper Seed Beads,  Custom Sterling Silver button.  

This hat now lives in a private collection in Santa Fe. 

I took a new photo of it last time I was in Santa Fe - It was beaded using all Antique Italian Cut Beads, directly onto the hat.   The band I wanted to resemble Plateau beaded belts.  

This had I made for my all time scholarly idol - Bill Holm.  Anyone who is in the business of Native Art Academics recognizes the name.  It was a huge honor to do this for him. 

Detail photo of the beadwork.  Made using antique Italian beads.  Beaded directly onto the hat. 

I also re-photographed this previously shown hat - Another Plateau Style hat,  beaded out of Antique cut seed beads,  directly onto the hat.  

This is a Plateau,  Nez Perce' style hat I beaded for a friend to match a pair of gauntlet gloves.  Beaded with antique cut beads and the band has a antique, hand made Navajo button.  

This hat was a commission for a client to wear on our July 4th holiday.  Beaded directly on the hat using antique and modern cut 13/0 beads 

This has was a commission about 25 years ago - Beaded with antique micro beads ( Size 16/0 - 18/0 ) directly on the hat.  

Some of these hats go back as far as perhaps 25 years ago, when they were made.  So some of the photos are not optimal.   But yes - I made them.   

More new posts to come as I have time.   Angela 

Thursday, July 7, 2016


A very quick rant!  I set this blog up,  not to blog about beadwork per se,  but rather a easy way for folks who inquire about my work to see it.   Because sending tons of photos is always a huge waste of time.  I have work to get done.   But when people I meet ask to see what I do,  I refer them here.

That said - I see there are LOTS of shares from this site all over the internet.  Some of the remarks can be mind numbing.   One making accusations the work was made in China!  Or one I just found - someone bemoaning the fact that my name appears on these photos - and that I don't disclose who did this work.   Well - BECAUSE I MADE IT ALL!   ITS A BLOG ABOUT MY ARTWORK!

Folks often share photos,  and even steal ideas.  Nothing I can do about that.   I also made the error early on,  not watermarking early photos on this site.   My horse Cappy and his images have gone viral I don't know how many times.   Some even claiming he is their horse.

The cyber world can be a very strange place.

So - Over the next month or two,  I will be deleting many of the old posts on here and perhaps re-posting them.  Or not!  Blogs are a lot of work,  and even more so when you kind of feel exploited by the process.


Saturday, July 2, 2016


On top of my artwork I do,  and restoration work,   I also work helping museum curators with items to complete exhibits they are planning.   I find this work to be a lot of fun!   In the case of these items,  it is to re-create items that are in historical photos,  that no longer exist ( but the rest of the items in the photos do exist and will also be on display ).   The items are noted to be reproductions,  so there is no misleading the viewer.  They are done to simply complete a narrative.  

The vest is re-creation of the one worn by the Native man in the photo below it.  The wolf medicine will be draped over the arm of a display mannequin,  like the way it is worn in the photo. 

The hat is as close as I can get to the one this gentleman is wearing in this photo.   The fur on the top is a Mt Lion tail.   

Now back to my saddle project.  Hopefully more to post soon.   


Monday, June 6, 2016


I am taking a very short break from my epic horse gear project,  to make a few "Instant Gratification" projects.   Yesterday,  I made these earrings as a gift for a Crow friend of mine.  

They are based on Crow Hair Bows - which were a hair ornament worn by Crows and a few other surrounding tribes.  They denoted one had slit someones throat in battle,  and were not simply worn as a fashion statement in the day.  They had to be earned.  

These were made using old style smooth shell dentillium shells.   Sewn on ochre stained brain tan,  and mounted on buffalo rawhide.   The are beaded with charlotte cut beads and 24 k. gold beads,  antique trade beads, and finished with ochre stained ermine skins and very small trade bells.  The ear wires are gold vermeil.  

I might make a few more pairs of these,  along with some other small items and put them up for sale if there is interest.   So often my work takes many hundreds of hours and ends up being rather costly.  So I will offer some things in a far more economical range in a week or two.  

Stay Tuned :-)   Angela 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


 I recently completed two more items for the set of Plateau horse gear I have been commissioned to make.   These will hang on either side of the horse,  on the back of the saddle.

The images are of traditional root harvesters,  and the background designs are from Plateau baskets.   These are in keeping with the environmental theme of the project,  this being the effects of development,  overgrazing,  and climatic change is having on traditional food sources here.  

The technique is a simple one,  of scraping off the top dermal layer of the buffalo rawhide to reveal the white later below.  But the difficult part is,  getting the rawhide with the dermal layer and done correctly.  Its hard to do and takes good timing, as one must slip the hair off the rawhide,  but not allow the top layer of skin to sluff off.  

A historic example.  They are very rare now.  

Another of this style I made a few years back.   This one using geometric designs based on painted examples.   The pictorial style I am doing is a entirely new style I am trying.  I don't know of any historic examples,  save a few rudimentary horses done on a sun visor.    


Thursday, April 7, 2016


I just finished the 2nd piece of what will be a entire new set of Plateau horse gear.  

I made this bridle using the "Quill Wrapped Horse Hair" technique,  which was a fairly rare type of quillwork in the 19th century,  and eventually fell by the wayside until it was revived perhaps 30 years ago.   I have seen it used mostly for war shirt strips,  moccasin keyhole designs and on a few blanket strips.   But I have not seen it used on a bridle before.   So this is more of a creative license exercise on my part than it is a real,  historic item.  

This was made using natural dyed porcupine quills,  sinew sewn on brain tan moose hide and trimmed off using antique Italian seed beads,  also sinew sewn.  The feather forehead ornament is pheasant tail feathers with ermine spots and red dyed chicken feathers.   The reins are twisted horse hair.  

My model Cappy was not his usual happy self in these photos….showing what I like to term his "Appytude"!  Everyone has a bad day I guess :-)  In these photos,  I did not use the bit pictured below because the size and weight of it.   But this bridle will be displayed with a traditional ring bit. 

The bit is a hand forged antique bit,  which I made and added the chain ornaments often seen used on bits like this.   

6 more pieces to do!  Must keep the hammer down.  More to post I hope soon.  


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

"Celilo Falls" - Plateau Horse Collar.

This is first of 8 pieces I have been commissioned to make for a set of horse gear,  that will narrate the many issues that tribes along the Columbia river face.   I was born and raised along the river,  so this is a subject near and dear to me.   

Celilo Falls was most productive fishery in North America,  and probably the world.   Tribes gathered to fish both the spring salmon runs as well as the fall runs for tens of thousands of years.  The falls were also a giant gathering spot for tribes from as far away as Northern Canada all the way to California,  and as far west as the Great Plains.   The Dalles and Celilo Falls were the cultural and economic crossroads of the Western US.  Ancient trade goods were exchanged and cultures shared.   

The falls were flooded in 1957,  when the Army Corps of Engineers built the Dalles hydroelectric dam.  It brought great changes to the Columbia basin.  The inland empire was electrified with cheap and plentiful power,  but at a great cost to the fisheries and the tribes when the backwaters drowned the falls.   It was a knife to the heart of the people who fished the falls,  and there are still people alive today who fished the falls and remember them in their glory.    This is a clip showing the power of the falls and the Native people fishing them

And a video of the first feast ceremony and dances that celebrate the return of the salmon

I wanted this collar to represent the dam.   The front chest piece of the collar actually represents the face of the dam.   It was discovered a few years ago,  that what was initially thought to be a giant obstruction  at the base of the dam,  was in fact 40,000 schooling sturgeon.  It is unknown why they are doing this.

My horse "Cappy" wearing the collar.  

A closeup of the main panel.   This is all beaded in antique Italian seed beads ( mostly 13/0 ),  and some metallic beads on brain tanned moose hide.   I also incorporated Uranium Glass seed beads in the design.   When this is backlighted,  those beads will glow.  This represents the nuclear pollution that is leaking into the Columbia river,  from the Handford Nuclear Reservation and of which traces of the pollution can be found in the fish.     I used a contour beaded background on the chest panel to represent the swirling waters in the river.  

The sides of the collar ( straps ) represent the fish ladders the salmon must negotiate to spawn.   As they swim up the river, they change colors from silver bright to a very deep red color.  

This fish is midway in his spawning journey,  and is starting to change color and get red and orange.

This would represent a salmon as it is in full spawning colors.   They lay their eggs and then die.  And the smolt that hatch in the spring,  with the snow runoff raising the water level and swiftness of the river,  swim all the way down the river ( hundreds of miles ) to the Pacific ocean,  where they live out their lives and grow for four years before they return to spawn.    

This is Cappy's buddy "Little Joe" deciding he wanted to model the collar too!  Although he needs to grow a little :-) 


Monday, December 28, 2015

New work - "In the works"

It has been a very busy year for me,  although not all of it has been about making new beadwork.   I wrote a book,  I did some lectures,  I curated a museum exhibit,  and I restored several different art museums holdings,  including some very important Tlingit material that will be going on exhibit starting 2017.  Had some great interest in my art glass as well.  But  finally,  I am back to work doing beadwork again.  

 I just finished this pistol holder today for a friend.   Glad that is off my "To Do" list,  and I can get down to what will take up my next 5 or 6 months ahead.  

I have been commissioned by a major museum to make a entire set of Plateau style horse gear for permanent display.   I am honored and excited to have this opportunity.  Especially since the narrative will be my own.   And what I am focusing on is the stories about the peoples along the Columbia River where I was born and raised.   A unique place where horse culture meets maritime culture and the riches of the Pacific ocean.    

The first piece I am making is a horse collar.  The narrative actually has to do with the importance of salmon and sturgeon to the peoples of the river.   This piece tells the story of the Dalles Damn,  once it was built,  buried one of the biggest and most important fisheries in the world…Celilo Falls.   A gathering place from time immortal for the tribes to fish,  trade goods and exchange culture.    Once I get this collar finished,  I will post more about the narrative of what I want it to say.   

This was a paper mock up of the collar I did,  and of course the ever patient and willing Cappy the Appy modeling it for me.   He will be busy this spring earning his keep in photos.   

Lots more to come.  


Sunday, November 8, 2015

MAKING BEAUTY - Clark County Historical Museum Exhibit.

The 'Making Beauty" exhibit is now up and running until 2017 at the Clark County Historical Museum  in Vancouver, Washington.  It was a real honor to co- curate this exhibit with Steve Grafe Phd,  who is also curator at the Maryhill Museum of art.   This was a entirely new manifestation for me working in this capacity, and I could not have done it without Steve's expert help.  

The photos are some panoramas of the exhibit ( Kindly provided by Steve Grafe ).   Some never before seen and displayed historical work,  as well as contemporary beadwork from such notable artists as Jackie Larson Bread ( Blackfeet ),  Charlene Holy Bear ( Lakota ),  Robert Taylor ( Nez Perce' ),  Molly Murphy Adams ( Lakota ),  Miles Miller ( Yakima ),  and yours truly.  

My "War on Terrorism" war trophy necklace ( Hot offhand sculpted glass fingers,  antique seed beads, hide,  arrow heads ) which addresses the subject of "who are the terrorists",  especially a century after the conflicts are over.   120 years ago,  Natives here were subject to the War on Terrorism.  Time has changed some of those perceptions of historical events.

And of course,  my "Gucci" moccasins.   Made from Gucci leather and 24K. gold beads and cones.  

Please come by to see the exhibit if you are in the area.  


Thursday, October 15, 2015

MAKING BEAUTY - Native Beadwork of Native North America

Its been a very busy year for me with restoring several museum collections,  working on a few books,   and many of those activities have taken me away from actually doing what I love,  which is making art.   Finally that is changing and I will be active again with new artworks, including a major commission which I will start posting the progress of soon.

One of the many activities I have been involved in is curating a museum show which will be opening November 5th,  at the Clark County Historical Museum, Vancouver, Washtington.    I am very honored to co-curate this show with Steve Grafe Phd,  who is the curator of Maryhill Museum of Art and a noted scholar on Plateau Indian Beadwork.   The show will feature never before displayed beadwork from the Clark County Historical Museum Collection,  as well as some generous loans of beadwork from some very prestigious private collections.   The show will be up until 2017.   Here is the link to the exhibit  A publication for the show is also in the works.

We also will feature contemporary beadwork as well,  because we feel that Native art is a continuing narrative.   Notables like Rhonda Holy Bear,  Charlene Holy Bear,  Jackie Larson Bread,  Molly Adams,  Miles Miller and humbly,  myself,  will have our work on display.   And there will be planned activities thru out the two year run featuring the local Native community.

One of the pieces I made which will be in the show is my spin on the current trend of beadwork artists beading high end designer shoes.   I instead made very traditionally constructed moccasins,  using designer materials.   I call them "If Gucci was a straight dancer from Oklahoma".    Who knows….maybe he would have made something like this.

"If Gucci was a straight dancer from Oklahoma" - Imported Italian calf skin,  24k gold beads,  gold plated cones,  hand tanned rawhide soles.

Please come by to view the exhibit if you find yourself in in the area.