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I am an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin. My mother taught me how to bead on a loom at the age of five. She taught me to include an intentional flaw in my beadwork to symbolize that we are all human beings and we all make mistakes. All my work includes an intentional flaw. I eventually taught myself the appliqué style of beading.
My work is a spiritual expression of ancient traditions and cultures that has survived thousands of years. I have worked for over fifty years in beadwork traditions while transforming my creations into contemporary wall art. Through the use of various materials and the inspiration from their form and colors I create one-of-a-kind pieces.
My signature Turtle designs combine beadwork with a variety of materials. I bead on a variety of papers and fabric using a one-needle technique - the straight line method. I bead in concentric circles in a counter clockwise direction. I combine the rich Native American culture of the Ojibwe and Oneida nations, along with the influence of contemporary materials and ideals of the modern western world. It is a syncretic art style that blends or fuses the best of my three cultural perspectives into a new cultural arrangement.
I also bead traditional pieces including bags, moccasins, medallions, and most recently cradleboards. I have moved my work in this new direction by creating cradleboards inlaid with traditional applique beadwork. The beaded inlay is the most crucial and most labor intensive part of my traditional cradleboard design. These are the largest pieces I have created up to this point at 10 1/2 inches in diameter. This shift in direction was inspired by the birth of my youngest son and my wife’s desire to raise him in a cradleboard.
My oldest daughter encouraged me to enter my first art show in 2007. It was the Spiritual Art Show in Minneapolis. I received the Honorable Mention Award. I have since been honored with other awards. My work is collected as often by lovers of contemporary art as by those specializing in Authentic Native American Art.
I was honored with the 2012 Minnie Jackson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways for demonstrating a lifetime of traditional art perpetuation. I have continually practiced traditional beadwork for over 50 years. I have also transformed my work into a more contemporary style.
Minnie Jackson (1911-2011) is a renowned basket maker from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. Known for her strawberry baskets, she made baskets all her life, taught the traditions to community members, and is remembered as a role model of cultural wisdom. The Ziibiwing Center is owned and operated by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, Mount Pleasant, MI.
I was honored with the 2012 Oneida Fellowship Recipient made possible by Oneida Nation Arts Program (ONAP) & Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB); Oneida Nation.
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