Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New Education

This is what I am going to be learning about.  I grew up in the Southwest and had a lot of Native American Design influence.  Funny, when you're a kid you don't appreciate things like that.  I disliked the whole "southwest" style.  I wanted houses with pitched roofs, eaves and trees..oh how I wished for trees. 

Now, still, I wouldn't move back there because I love the trees and green, but I have developed an appreciation for the jewelry style which thrives in that area of the country. 

I'm patiently waiting the arrival of this book so I can learn more about this stone and develop my own designs in the southwestern style.


  1. I am so much the same way. My grandfather made turquoise covered everything including silversmithing with it. I have always loved jewelry, but as a kid kinda turned up my nose at the southwestern style. The guy who taught the one class I took also had a very strong southwestern style that I tried to steer clear of. And now I find myself drifting back to that southwestern, hand crafted style. I feel strangely in tune with it...It seems no matter how hard we try to get away from something, you can't deny that it is a part of you.....

  2. I am just like you growing up I could careless about turquoise. But then I dated a Native American for about 4 years and going to all the Pow Wows I sorta became a fan.

    Can't wait to see what you come up with :)

  3. Those stones are beautiful. Good luck learning something new!