Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Such a exciting morning.   The horse gear I have been working on for the last year was installed for permanent display at The Denver Art Museum.  Such a humbling time for me, as I also had work go up in another museum this weekend ( will post on that later ).  To think I now have items on display in 7 museums currently is more than I ever could have imagined.  

I have one more piece to complete for this set which I am working on now.  

More to come - Angela 

Monday, September 5, 2016

What I did on my summer vacation!

I finally took a few weeks off and made myself a few items.   Most of them simply were done to replace items I had made in the past,  and then gave away.   Sometimes you get carried away in the moment :-) 

I put the finishing touches on a pair of Cheyenne style saddle bags,  and made a shell necklace,  earrings,  hat band along with a beaded scarf slide and buckskin bag.  All were done using antique Italian seed beads,  Prosser beads,  Russian Trade beads and smooth shell dentallium shells. 

The hat band replaces a quilled hat band that used to adorn this old bowler hat which was my Grandfathers.  So I assume it was made around ca. 1900.   I wanted to do something very Plateau in concept , and yet original.  so I hope I was effective in my idea.  

Speaking of hats,  one I made a few years ago is now on display at the Tamastslikt Cultural Center in Pendleton, Oregon,  in the exhibit "Legend and Legacy - Jackson Sundown and Happy Canyon a century later"   http://www.tamastslikt.org/events/  If you love the Pendleton Roundup and Native culture,  I highly recommend going.  

"Buffalo Gal" hat on display.  

And speaking of hats - Another I did this summer for a exhibit on trade blankets which currently is on exhibit at Maryhill Museum of Art.   http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/visit/exhibitions/current-special-exhibitions  Another exhibit I highly recommend attending.  

The hat and a few other items I made on display at Maryhill.  

Now back to finishing the horse gear commission I have one piece left to do,  and then other artworks.   Even on vacation,  there is no rest.  But I am not sure I would feel comfortable resting.  


Saturday, July 30, 2016


I am getting to the final pieces of a set of Plateau Style horse gear I have been commissioned to make by a major art museum.   I wanted the style of the gear to be classic Plateau in aesthetics,  but the images on them and ideas are my own.   The narrative for the most part is about the different environmental changes occurring to people here.   Once all this is finished,  I hope to have final photos from the museum of all the pieces together.   

 The first two items I made for the project,  a quill wrapped horse hair bridle ( have never seen this technique used in this manner before.  Only on war shirt strips and also a blanket strip ).  But I felt it lent itself well to this use.  The bridle also has a fancy ring bit with drops, but I didn't use it for these photos.
A detail shot of the bridle.   All sinew sewn,  natural dyed quills and antique Italian seed beads.  

Detail shot of the horse collar.  It represents the Dalles dam on the Coumbia and the flooding of Celilo Falls.   The fish are sturgeon,  and on the sides migrating sturgeon.   The beads are antique Italian seed beads,  with some antique Czech beads.  

A few more of the pieces of gear recently finished.   The saddle,  saddle blanket and rawhide bags.  The blanket over the middle of the saddle will be replaced with a beaded elk robe.  

Saddling up my front porch :-)  The cinch is painted buffalo rawhide,  and based on a antique one in my collection.   The stirrups are also buffalo rawhide covered,  and the incised bags are also buffalo rawhide.  

A better look at the beaded saddle flaps.   They are beaded out of Antique Italian beads. 

The incised rawhide bags.  The images of are traditional Plateau root diggers.  The root bag and root digging stick are mine in my collection.  

The saddle blanket I wanted to be a representation of the Okanogan Night Sky.   When I am at my ranch on the north side of the Colville Reservation -  their is no light pollution from human development.  So the sky is amazing.  I like to lay on a blanket in the grass and look up at it.  

This is the next to last piece I am making.  This will be the saddle drape.  It talks about the tribes on the Columbia River that were legally cheated out of recognized tribal status.  The Chinook tribe being one of those tribes.   They signed treaties with the US Government,  and three times have had their treaty de-ratified and status taken away.  The last time under the Bush Administration.    The artwork is by Greg Robinson,  Chinook and is used with his permission.   

The first of two panels that will go on the beaded rump drape. - "Ancestors" 

The finished Rump Drape

So,  I hope to have this epic work done soon and photos of the complete set up.   Its scheduled to be installed in late August.   Stay tuned.  


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.