June 22, 2020
A few months ago, after my regular day job abruptly ended due to COVID, I started to clean out my art and craft supplies. I came across a box of beads that I probably hadn't touched since 1995. It contained seed and bugle beads that I used to make jewelry from. The box was a mess, different bead colors and sizes mixed together, sometimes also entangled in knotted bunches of thread. I set about sorting, thinking maybe I could sell them, and also finding something calming about having a mindless task. But in the sorting, I started to want to create again! So here is my first attempt at resurrecting an old skill, a limited edition collection using vintage beads and some contemporary beads as well. The soft pink beads in this collection are circa 1992, and once they're gone, that will be the end of this particular set!
SEE THE COLLECTION!
I also wanted to honor the fact that this craft comes from Native Americans, and I feel grateful to have access to learning how to make this jewelry.
10% of the purchase price will be donated directly to IllumiNative, a nonprofit initiative designed to increase the visibility of – and challenge the negative narrative about – Native Nations and peoples in American society. IllumiNative is mobilizing Native peoples, artists, and allies to #WarriorUp in the fight against Covid-19 to ensure Native peoples are seen, heard and included in solutions and conversations about this public health emergency. For more info, visit illuminatives.org
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