This is a recently completed commission for a private project. The original Blackfoot mask is in the National Museum of the American Indian.
The mask is made using brain tanned deer hide, natural earth pigments, brass buttons and bells, antique Italian beads, feathers, hair ( horse ) quills, ermine, buffalo horns and silk ribbon. Both my cutting horse Josey and Cappy the Appy are modeling. Not only is it important to understand some of the does and don'ts of making reproductions ( tribally sensitive and sacred material should never be reproduced, nor artists works without proper consent ) but on making horses gear, I often find those who make it have never been around a horse, and they spend many hours and much money on materials only to have it not fit. Its important to remember, that although many objects today are viewed as art.....they also had practical applications.
The real fun of course after you make such items is putting them on your horse. Because many horses are not trained to accept wearing items like this. I worked long hours to get my horses to accept their modeling jobs :-) They now seem to love it.
Greetings. I am using this Blog to show the artwork I do. I make original Plains and Plateau style Indian art, based on 19th century aesthetics and use authentic materials that were available in that time frame (1820-1900). I also restore and do conservation work of antique Indian art. I am a Tribally Certified Indian Artist and in full compliance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. Recently I have been exploring the world of art glass and the ways of incorporating it into a modern expression of established tribal art forms. Lastly, my other passion is horses. They often influence my work, and give much to my soul. I have quite a bit of material posted on here, so be sure to look back at the earlier entry's. Thank You for looking at my work, and I hope you enjoy it.
If you are interested in my work, I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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