MOST RECENT UPDATE: November 18th
The talented, imaginative, creative (and therefore award-wining!) Navajo weaving artist Marlowe Katoney stopped by our Tucson store Saturday - in advance of the Heard Museum Weaver's Market Place on Sunday
Born in 1963 in Shiprock he learned the rudiments of silversmithing from his mother beginning when he was eight years old. On one of his field trips while in school at Kayenta he had a chance to see Van Gogh’s Starry Night, an encounter that made a huge impression on him. It was an interest in the visual arts that was rekindled when he attended the University of Arizona and saw Ansel Adam’s photographs at the Center for Creative Photography. He returned to the reservation where he started work as a tour guide in Monument Valley, then for a movie locations services outfit and fell into the movie industry. But by 1999 his silverwork bench was again calling to him and he added that to his life.
This pendant, in silver, copper and gold brings together the disparate elements of his life into a single piece of work. It comes with a hand-written 4-act ‘programme’ that explains the piece along with four haikus inspired by the images.
We purchased this wonderful bracelet from Alethia Crawford. And she's pretty wonderful as well:
She works with the Navajo-Hopi astronomy outreach program at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. They partner with reservation teachers to help them incorporate more STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) into their curriculum.
She is currently working on plans for a summer and a winter science camp.
AND as anyone who knows a teacher knows, she has to dig into her own pocket for resources...and for those who work with kids on the reservation the needs can be many and varied. Alethia does what she can out of her own pocket.
SO, long story short, ALL the proceeds of this $450 beautiful bracelet will go back to her as a donation to further her work.