Here are a few bangles with a hint of sparkle. These fun slender bangles can be worn solo or grouped with as many as one desires.. Each one has a small white or black diamond accent, made from sterling silver triangular wire. They have a diameter of 2 11/16 inch and come in satin bead blasted finish (shown) or in a high polish.. As well as plain without a diamond.. You can find them in the shop now bracelets section. Sold individually or in pairs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I had creating them..thanks
Here is one of my latest creations. A Contemporary Belt buckle consisting of sterling silver, Black Jade and Coral. The “Spyderweb” texture on the silver is unique, all components of the buckle are hand fabricated and asselmbeled by myself. Texturing is done by placing a patterning medium ( canvas, screen, manila folder etc.) with a piece of annealed silver and putting it through a rolling mill, transferring the pattern onto the metal. Brighter results are achieved by pre polishing the silver prior to rolling.
It is currently for sale in the Shop Buckles Section with further information and extra pictures.
The Friendship Necklace: A stunning and one of a kind collaboration, necklace brought together by: Sunshine Reeves, Vernon Haskie, Arland Ben, Allen Aragon, Myron Panteah, Ken Romero, Tony Abeyta, Cody Sanderson, Dawn Wallace, Chris Pruitt, Pat Pruitt, Liz Wallace and Kenneth Johnson. At Pat Pruitt’s studio all of the components that make up “The Friendship Necklace” came together. For the first time we were able to see the magnificent masterpiece as a whole. Upon completition the artists went out to shoot some photographs. Some of which are seen here and others that are to be seen on the links provided..
Thanks to all who contributed in making this adventure possible. The necklace will be auctioned at 2012 Indian Market Gala in Santa Fe, Nm on August 18th at 5pm. So mark the date on your callender..
Other links to check out the necklace:
You Tube Video of : Friendship necklace by swaia1922
First Look – Collaboration Necklace for 2012 Indian Market Gala By SWAIA – Santa Fe Indian Market, Facebook.
Last weekend a number of artists from around the country gathered together in Indianaoplis IN. To take part in the annual Eiteljorg Indian Fair & Market. It was great to hang out and chat with old and new friends. As for myself wasn’t a Division Winner or Best of Show.. But I did recieved 1st place for my “Love and Diamonds bracelet and 2nd place for the #8 Bolo. It wasnt complete until I was able to make it to St. Elmo’s Steakhouse to have their awesome Porterhouse and watch my friends enjoy their famous Shrimp cocktail. Made with tons of fresh horesradish.
Here is a list of the top awards, given out at this years market. I will be adding the complete list of all the winners at a later date.
Best of Show
Cherish Parrish (Gun Lake Band) The Next Generation II
Helen Cox Kersting Award
Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo)
Corn Maiden #8
Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Awards:
Todd Bordeaux (Sicangu-Lakota), Fertility Blessing
Charlene Holy Bear (Standing Rock Sioux), The Shawl
Nashon Russell (San Carlos Apache), Power from SunSculpture
Kathleen Wall (Jemez), Gifts from her Grandmother Dolls
Charlene Holy Bear (Standing Rock Sioux), A Lakota Man Jewelry
Alfred Joe (Navajo (Diné)), 14K Fluted, Textured Necklace Pottery
Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), A Full Summer Basketry
Cherish Parrish (Gun Lake Band), The Next Generation II
Faye Lone (Tonawanda Seneca), Great Feather Dance
Antonio Grant (Eastern Band Cherokee), One of the Highest Honors
Todd Bordeaux (Sicangu-Lakota), Lone Dog Wintercount 1850-1877
Angie and Nate Reano (Santo Domingo Pueblo), Mosaic Hair Ornament with Turquoise Hair Pin
Congradulations to all the winners not mentioned in this post and all who entered..
I am very excited to share with you a new International location that will be carrying some of my work. Longbranch-co.jp in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Japan. Here are a few examples of what they will be carrying..
June 23rd & 24th
This year in Indianaoplis will be the Annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival.. They will be celebrating there 20th year.. The show brings Native artists from across the country to meet you and share their arts. There will beadwork, drawing, jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography and sculpture just to name a few. Here are a few friends and colleagues that will be attending Aaron Brokeshoulder, Althea Cajero, Cliff Fragua, Charlene Holy Bear, Jay Jacob Livingston, Alfred Joe, Chris Pappan, Jennifer Medina, Jody Naranjo, Penny Singer, Cody Sanderson, Adrian Wall, Marcus Wall as well as myself (Chris Pruitt). Hope to see you there..
Here is a link for more information on the 2012 Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival
2011 Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival, Second Place, “Inlay Earrings”
On one of my journeys to Santa Fe, I went to Tom Taylor shop in the La Fonda hotel. There you can find a slew of fine quality leather belts, sterling silver jewelry, buckles out of sterling silver, stainless steel and titanium. Along with many other fine quality leather goods. While there we (Philip and I) chatted about the new and exciting items I will be making for them, to have in the shop during the Santa Fe Indian Market festival. Some of the items they will have but not limited to: new earrings , M&M pendents, Dogtags and some inlayed buckles.. As always I had a great time talking shop with Philip and Kim Spiers. During my visit Jessica, employee for Tom Taylor took that opportunity to snap a few pictures of me in front of the shop. We had fun laughing on San Francisco street while people passed by wondering about the photos being taken.
They will be hosting the “Black Jade and Diamonds” cuff and the “Coral, Lone Mtn turquoise and Diamond” inlayed bracelet for a limited time. If you are in Santa Fe stop on by to chat and see what new items adorn their shop @ 108 East San Francisco Street.
Thanks to everyone at Tom Taylors..
Recently I took some time off to have my tonsils removed. Which allowed me to relax and take things slow. After recovering I made my way back into the studio. Things were slow to start, but my time away has brought up some new ideas. Here is one such design that has come to light . I still haven’t come up with a name for it yet, so in the time being it will be ” Black Jade and Diamond cuff “. It started almost 13 months ago, when I was working on a cabochon of black jade, natural Royston turquoise and coral. Spending only a few hours to cut, slab and polish these stones to create the interesting cabochon above. It sat on my desk staring me down and wondering where it would lead too next.. As time passed it was shuffled from place to place, until last week. I began to work on a silver cuff, texturing, forming, sanding and polishing the piece. When I remembered one of my recent sketches, that incorporated a cabochon of similar shape and design. The decision was made, I would combine the two. I started on the setting for the cabochon and braised it onto the new silver cuff slightly risen and off center. This design element took advantage of the rule of thirds (which I use in a majority of my work), thought to me by another great artist, teacher and friend Mrs. Jean Thurow. Next I created the seating for the 6 diamonds (2mm, 0.24 tcw) and set them into the cuff. The final stage would be to set the cabochon, this would be done by chasing the silver bezel around the stone. After one last polish and cleaning all the elements had fallen into place. At last, It was complete.
Thank you to everyone who assisted in my recovery and all who wished me well and a speedy recovery.