Now I expand the design possibilities of clay with painted textiles which are intended for use on round banquet tables. I bring the rental collection out for conferences where tribal groups gather to do the hard work of facing challenges from within and from without their ceremonies and conferences for business, health, education, and governance. Elders tell me of deep memories welling up as they trace with a fingertip the lines of ancient patterns. I am trained in the method of making regalia, and this has become my intent with the collection, to treat each piece as regalia for the room.
I work hard to bring a feeling of grandeur to cultural gatherings and seek to honor the uniqueness of each tribe and demonstrate the majesty of all of them together.
This piece was designed to be on stage where it could be back lit to glow. The white mask is painted with cool green as if it were cast in glass. The black is detailed with cut work and overlaid on the white.
Small white details are handmade 'opercula', such as one would see inlaid in the lid of a bent wood box.
Navaho in style.
Ioway style beadwork patterns
March on Washington 50 year commemoration
Quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. interspersed with African textile designs.
Eagle totem, in 2 panels
Summer language camp installation
Salish moon, Camas, and Killer Whale box design panels.
Old Pawn, in use at an event
Metallic gold, turquoise and coral colored paints on charcoal felt. Here I adapted squash blossom design elements into a quatra-foil design. Drop shadow adds depth.
Native graduation banquet installation
'Shoot for the Stars' headdress painting is a 6' high by ten foot wide, made as a photo backdrop for family group poses. On theline of banquet tables is my 3 by 30 foot long. 'Mountains and River ' textile.