Ken Williams: Pink Elk Dreams
A stunning bag by Ken Williams, award-winning Senca/Arapaho artist.
The design is a whimsical depiction of an elk of varying shades of pink and raspberry, outlined by 14K-infused gold beads. The teardrop beads hanging down across the top are faceted Burmese rubies, separated by 14K metal gold beads and flatter faceted Burmese rubies. The two loops on the sides, holding brass bells, are strung with the flatter faceted Burmese rubies as well.
Contemporary faceted beads cover the majority of the bag itself. Vintage beads include the dusty pink rows across the top of the bag, as well as all the large blue and pink beads. The eye of the elk is a faceted pink vintage crystal. The vintage red beads with white centers running horizontally near the top are know as red hearts.
The tabs on the bottom are v-shaped, representing elk hooves. All leather is smoked, brain tanned. The artist created pink and red yarn puffs to adorn the side strands of large vintage blue and hexagonal pink beads. The edges of the leather are adorned with vintage pink beads topped with tubular gold beads. An abalone bead adorns the bottom of the wrist strap.
The faceted beads sparkle from any direction, making this a wonderful piece of art to behold. The ruby beads add a richness of color that lends a counterpoint to the brighter colors across the bag.
The back of the bag is pink trade cloth, and the strap is lined with blue trade cloth. The inside of the bag is lined with patterned cotton cloth.
The hexagonal shape of the bag is reminiscent of vintage bags made by the Iroquois, in honor of the artist’s father, a member of the Seneca tribe.
Bag is 4 3/4″ wide x 6 1/4″ high. Total height, including strap and tabs is 14″.
This bag can be opened by releasing the knot at the bottom of the wrist strap. It can be utilized sparingly for very special occasions.