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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
 

6 comments:

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

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

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  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

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  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.

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

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

    x C

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