Monday, March 24, 2014

Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork




The Autry in Griffith Park: Norman F. Sprague, Jr. Gallery

March 15, 2014–April 26, 2015
Art and spirituality converge with trade and commerce in Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork, a groundbreaking exhibition opening March 15, 2014. Through 250 unique objects and personal stories, the exhibition is the first of its kind to explore how beaded floral designs became a remarkable art form as well as a means of economic and cultural survival for the Native North American people. 
Floral Journey presents moccasins, bags, dresses, hats, jackets, and other exquisitely beaded and quilled items selected from multiple private collections and fifteen cultural institutions, including the Autry's Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection. Many of the objects will be displayed to the public for the first time.
To find out more about this exciting new exhibit, click HERE

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Beads Back To Back To Africa

Join JOYCE SCOTT as she gives back to Africa! You can donate to her project by clicking here: 
BEADS BACK TO BACK TO AFRICA

Thursday, January 16, 2014

#Beadwork and the Art of Independence


South Africa stories woven with creativity as traditions become high art

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Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington

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Detail from Cherry Tree, one of the pieces in the Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence. Photograph: Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum
The Anacostia Community Museum's exhibition Ubuhle Women: #Beadwork and the Art of Independence recognises the powerful cultural currents and backstories from the artists as central to their every stitch. The 31-piece exhibition of bead art – what the artists call ndwango, which means cloth or rag – features religious, metaphysical and earthbound themes rendered both literally and through various stages of abstraction. The tiny glass beads densely hand-sewn on to black fabric canvases showcase both #Xhosa and #Zulu traditions. And they display a partnership that began in 1999 on a former sugar plantation north of Durban and that now includes the five featured artists, who live and work together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and others.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Remember To Breathe

My mom taught me how to tie my laces. I've haven't looked back since. 

Wishing you the very best for a blessed and happy new year. 
With Love,
Susan

So...
Close your eyes and see
Gold…
Fields that chase the breeze
Hold…
Your eyes up to the trees
Have your ever seen 
The sun jumping into a stream
It’s really something to see


Roam...