Navajo artist John Torres-Nez is breaking new ground with Native Judaica. This kippah (Jewish skullcap) is made from hand-tanned and smoked buckskin and is decorated in black and white with size 11 beads. It is lined with red felt.
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SKU: BE00151a Category: Beadwork Tags: John Torres-Nez, Native American beadwork, Native Judaica, Navajo, smoked buckskin
Native American Jewelry, Rings
Navajo silversmith Moogie Smith creates jewelry with deep inlay. This ring is inlaid with natural materials: coral of a beautiful red as well as turquoise. Size 11 1/2; 11/16" at widest, tapering to 1/4".$600.00
Artist statement: "I make beaded tennis shoes because through the ages Kiowas have always adorned their footwear. Making beaded tennis shoes is simply a continuation of something started long before me: the idea that personal adornment can be an expression of self, of society, of tribe, and of humanity. I understand the immediate appeal of beaded tennis shoes - they are whimsical, fun, and familiar. However, my intention is once the viewer is comfortable, to tell a more complex story of contemporary Indian life with the beaded illustrations. Most of my tennis shoe stories deal with our living history, culture, society and daily life through imagery from a particular dance or custom. In some way then the viewer becomes educated, even if only sub-consciously, to the fact that we, as Native people, exist in the here and now and not as caricatures and stereotypes but as real and multifaceted human beings. The story then of all of the shoes I have made is that of survival from genocide. We, as Kiowas, have lived through a violent, dangerous, awesome, and proud history, and I believe in some way these shoes can stand as testament to our survival not just as people, but also of a material culture that expresses our lives and values as Kiowas in the 21st century. The beaded tennis shoes I make are my hopeful and joyful expression of the continuance of the Kiowa people." Teri Greeves,Kiowa 2009 These shoes were featured the Fuller Craft Museum's exhibit titled "The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories". 11" x 9" x 3 1/2"$10,500.00
Teri Greeves is a highly accomplished and recognized beadwork artist. Her work has won a number of prestigious awards and is held in museums and private collections across the country. This bracelet depicts the American flag against a sky blue background. Smaller, criss-crossed flags adorn the sides. 1" wide; the copper core of the bracelet makes it adjustable to a wide range of wrist sizes. The deerskin lining feels great on the wrist.$225.00
Teri Greeves is a highly accomplished and well-recognized beadwork artist. Her work has won a number of prestigious awards and is held in museums and private collections across the country. This bracelet has roses on all sides, with a background of silvery-white beads. 1" wide; the copper core of the bracelet makes it adjustable to a wide range of wrist sizes. The deerskin lining feels great on the wrist.$225.00