"Chahta Anumpa In My Accent"
Bandolier bag English is my first language but Chata Anumpa is my father's. As I begin to learn Choctaw at this point in my life I realize that as much as I can practice I will always have my own accent. I started to think about this distinction in my beadwork. Learning beadwork at the time that I did influenced the style in which I work. While I can attempt to recreate historic Choctaw beadwork I will always inject my own aesthetic into a piece. This bag is an embrace of this concept. The different stitches and overall appearance are Choctaw and southeastern tribes while the designs encapsulated within the piece are distinctly my own.
Materials: Wool fabric, antique and contemporary size 15-8 seed beads (mostly size 13) silk dupioni, brain tanned buckskin, Swarovski crystal, silk tassels, brass bells, brass sequins
Technique: Two needle appliqué, flat zig zag, rolled stitch, single bead edging, completely hand sewn