This IS Kalapuyan Land:

Beadwork

The beadwork of Lindsea Wery (Chippewa), Joni Millard (Assiniboine, Gros Ventre, Crow), Jana Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux),  Whitney A. Lewis (Chehalis) and Diane Smith (Grand Ronde) shows how threads of family, tradition, meditative practice, Native pride, and visibility are all interwoven in their artwork.

Lindsea Wery

(Chippewa)

Fire Walker Earrings & Fire Walker Choker Necklace

Beads, Stainless steel hooks & Beads, elk hide.

“Beading, weaving, stitching… it’s in my blood and soul. Working in this medium is my meditation. It keeps me grounded, allows my mind to cleanse, and supports myself and family.”

-Lindsea Wery

Meet the Artist:

Lindsea Wery is of the Ojibwe (Chippewa) tribe of Northern Michigan/Canada and lives in central Oregon. She had been beading for fifteen years and loves how the loom has been a staple of so many cultures for eons.

Artist’s Instagram

 

Joni Millard

(Assiniboine, Gros Ventre, Crow)

Matriarchs and Sacred Ones Moccasin and Earring Set

Beads, leather, thread.

“My mother taught me how to bead, my matriarchs have taught me the importance of tradition. It’s important to preserve my culture and to keep it alive. There are many misconceptions about Native American culture and I would like to help correct that. I would love to see people wear more authentic beadwork and support more Indigenous artists.”

-Joni Millard

Meet the Artist:

Joni Millard is Assiniboine, Gros Ventre, and Crow. She lives in Central Oregon.

Artist’s Instagram

 

Jana Schmeiding

(Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux)

Neon Venus & New Wings Earrings

Beads, felt, leather, thread, lapel pin & Beads, felt, leather, thread, earring posts.

Meet the Artist:

Jana Schmieding is a Lakota Sioux writer, performer, activist and educator currently living and working in Los Angeles. Drawing from her experiences as an Indigenous Feminist, Jana uses her creative work and advocacy to move the needle on Native representation in media and entertainment. She performs regularly in LA and hosts a podcast called Woman of Size  where brilliant people discuss their experiences with body-based discrimination.

Her essay Chubby City NDN was published in the YA anthology The (Other) F Word: A celebration of the fat and fierce  was honored by being listed in American Indians in Children’s Literature’s 2019 Best Book List.

Artist’s Website

Artist’s Instagram

 

Ask the Artist

What does Neon Venus reference?

Neon Venus references Venus of Willendorf, a 30,000 year old figurine found and located in Austria. Venus figurines are hypothesized to be the first self-portraits by women, or alternatively, represent a fertility deity.

Were the New Wings earrings created for someone special?

Schmeiding beaded the New Wings earrings for guest curator Steph Littlebird Fogel!

 

Whitney A. Lewis

(Chehalis)

Black and Green Earrings & Purple and Pink Earrings

Beads, felt, leather, thread, clasp.

“My favorite thing to do growing up was go over to my Auntie Gail’s house, who was always crafting something up. She had the beads out all the time, & taught me how to bead my first dentalium necklace…I’ve had a few teachers here & there, including my gram Barb. I starting actively beading in high school, but wasn’t committed to the craft until after I became a mother. Going on a few years now, my business has grown & I’m so excited to be sharing my gift with the world.”

-Whitney A. Lewis

Meet the Artist:

Whitney A Lewis is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation located in Washington State. She has been working with beads since she was a young child.

Though her main focus is on beadwork, Lewis also loves working with cedar bark & other materials that are used in weaving. She comes from a family of weavers so weaving is another skill she was taught at a young age. Lewis and her family gather materials such as cedar bark and sweet grass, and prepare them to be used in projects like baskets or hats.

Artist’s Website

Artist’s Instagram

Diane Smith

(Grand Ronde)

Salmon Hair Clip

Beads, leather, thread, metal clip.

Beadworker Necklace with Needle Case

Dentalium, beads, leather, thread.

Meet the Artist:

Diane Smith is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and sister to fellow beadworker Carol Haskins. Smith is a passionate yoga instructor and Hillsboro resident.