This piece is a beaded photograph of Henry Roe Cloud, first Native American to graduate from Yale Law school, and his four daughters, taken in 1938 on Christmas day in Wichita, Kansas. From the left, Ramona Butterfield, Lillian Freed, Henry Roe Cloud, Anne North, and Marian Hughs. The original black and white image was used to create this brighter dipiction using navy blue, reds,oranges, and yellow seed beads. The background is done in acrylic paint and the design is an applique pattern is from traditional Hochuck tribal designs. The sides of the canvas are finished so this piece can be framed or hung as is.
This one-of-a-kind piece was hand-sewn using size 11 seed beads over hundreds of hours in intricate detail. This statement piece would look great on a mantel, in a well-trafficked entryway or entertaining space.
Size: 14 in. x 11 in. x 1/2 in.
About the artist:
Rayne Pelham is the artist and curator behind Grandmother Spiders Design. She is a descendant of both the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the White Earth Band of Chippewa. After many years as an educator and producing artworks on occasion, she is now turning her hobby into a career. She specializes in Native American-inspired designs producing art and jewelry that is truly unique.
The design studio's name is derived from the legend behind Rayne's Ojibwe name. Named when she was one, she is also, Nah quay Wa bun in nee go quay; translated she is Catches the Morning Sunrise Woman, a name given in honor of the story of Grandmother Spider.
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