Thursday, June 23, 2011

New works in the pipeline! Glass Horse Quirt.

 It's been a little while since I have had the opportunity to make some new works.   Since I also restore artifacts and historical work, this can be very demanding on my time as well.  And this year I think has been especially so, as I think many people who held off the last few years getting their antique material worked on now know the world isn't collapsing.   So I had quite a bit come in needing attention.  

But.....Finally I am able to start back on some new works.  This will be a glass horse quirt, like the two below I did a few years ago.    I still have a few glass works I have not finished up from a couple of years ago.  I hope to finally get them done as well.

And I also have other works on order.  So photos to follow soon.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011


I am very honored and excited to have some of my work displayed in a exhibit that will open next month at the Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatchewan, Canada.   The focus of the exhibit is on the Mistatim (horse) and the relationship with the Plains Cree peoples.   The exhibit will run from July 2011 to July 2012.

Here's a link to the Wanuskewin Heritage Park:    

I'll post photos once its up and running.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Plateau Mountain Sheep Hide Dres

 This dress was made using Mt. Sheep hides, just like many of the old Pony Beaded dresses were.   It is a excellent hide for garments, as it is strong but thin.   And now impossible to get.   Mt Sheep today have had their numbers severely impacted with the introduction of lung worm from domestic sheep.   Mt. Sheep hides were the preferred species to make both dresses and war shirts from.  Now it is a rare garment made from them.

This dress was beaded using pony beads in a mid-nineteenth century style.  The drops on this dress are also elk teeth and very valuable trade beads.   It also took a additional 3 antelope hides just to make the thin, thick fringe on the bottom and sides.  I also retained the tails and hair on the ends of the legs for fringe like the original ones.
I originally made this dress for a traveling museum exhibit.  And I kept this one, and wear it from time to time.

My hopes are soon to start making another one.   A girls got to have new clothes :-)