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Native American in the Air

Merrie Shinder - Monday, May 23, 2011

What I'm feeling now…

Since the winter I'm feeling a Native American vibe and loving all the intricate beadwork and associated color palettes.  I've gone through many American Indian phases and here I am again.  I'm reaching for a necklace I bought in my 20's during my first trip to Santa Fe.  I bought it on the mall at their weekly market from an older woman who used a carburetor as the armature!   It's not just inventive it's also gorgeous and I still love it.
 
There was an auction at Christies featuring Native American collectibles including antique beaded moccasins.  I couldn't stop thinking about them.  I went online searching for beaded moccasins I could wear  -- envisioning a sunny spring here in New York, white jeans and colorful beaded mocs.    My search ended with what could have been the ultimate pair.  I found a company in North Carolina called KQ Designs.  They make custom beaded moccasins -meaning they bead according to your design and also make the moccasins according to an outline of your foot!  Of course most people are probably ordering these for ceremonial dances but I thought they would be tremendous just to walk around in.  I designed a pattern, outlined my feet, sent in a package and by the time they got my deposit they had too many orders to fill!   So they are obviously very busy and beaded mocs are in high demand.

To infuse some Native American into the lighting here at Canopy I found an old black & white etching and applied it for a different version of the Bell Jar lighting pendant.    We also constructed a Totem Pole in clay... molded it and used it as the center of our new Totem Pole chandelier with some unusual turquoise colored beads at the bottom.  Both these lights are on the website under "New" chandeliers.

For jewelry I wanted to mix Native American earthy beading with a glitzier array of stones to add some zing and a quirky nuance.   I found some patches with Native American patterns and other materials that I combined with rhinestone chain and hanging stones for some new necklaces.

It's taken a little longer to post this new website and this blog.  So here I am…. Its springtime, I'm sitting in my office wearing white jeans … wishing I was wearing the mocs!



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