Monday, May 20, 2013

What's Next?

While visiting New Mexico it was a joy to be able to see Native American art.  We were dazzled with silver jewelry, weavings, sand paintings and pottery to name a few offerings.  All of it was lovely, but I was especially entranced by the black and white pottery on display.  There are several Native American societies that create black and white pottery.  Two forms that I became familiar with are from the Zuni and Acoma Pueblos.  I loved the designs and the juxtaposition of the black and white. 

Once home I couldn't get the images of this form of pottery out of my mind.  While in New Mexico I had picked up a book called "Indian Designs".  This book is created for the artist - be it jewelry or weaving or pottery.  The book contains simple and basic designs which very much appealed to me.

So in the coming weeks I will be attempting to portray my own version of these ancient and mystical designs via Punchneedle.  In my mind's eye I see animals in their stylistic best, needlepunched and framed in simple black frames.  I've picked out the first set - three bird designs plus ecru and black embroidery floss.  Let's see what my thoughts become.
"If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come." - Arapaho


  1. It's fascinating, isn't it, to work with these images from the past!

  2. With some American Indian ancestry, I cannot wait. Have fun!

  3. I truly believe that in a past life I lived in the west and was a special friend to Indians. I wish I could regress. I love Indian art and lore. I am currently redecorating walls in the living room. One small space has the most wonderful windchime dream catcher that my grandboys gave me this Mother's Day. I am so interested to see how this art turns out. I'm excited!!

    Your art takes the most amazing and abrupt turns. I love your diversity.
    xx, Carol

  4. Looking forward to seeing how these turn out! There is something very powerful about reducing real things to stylised shapes and these birds are wonderful.

  5. Yes!! Looking forward to seeing where you go with this!

  6. ...have fun on your bird journey :-)

    x C



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