In the distant past in Navajo tradition, lived an unassuming youth with a capturing physical appearance and beauty. As he grew into a man, he wanted to be clothed only in the finest that his hands could create. He chose Turquoise and the first thingg worthy of his body was ear rings he fashioned thus becoming his name. He eye for jewelry, his physique and his craftmanship soon rose him among the highest influencers in the land. Soon he would crave for power and control and that would see his fall and the rise of the ancestors of the Navajo. Mono chromatic 22 x 28 acrylic on canvas Zefren-M 2021
*repaired puncture from a wind gust that blew the painting into a tree during a Demonstration at Aztec Ruin. Apparently He's not welcomed there.
“House of Rain"
All over the Americas are oral traditions of a group of people coming from all directions and going in all directions. The Could people who live in houses built of mist, water and Rain. Some painted white others painted red but one symbol links all the physical places. A serrated hook, ones that follows Cotton, the Sun and a rotational symmetry of a those weaving pioneers. Painted on a curricular wooden plank at Chetro Ketl, in Chaco Canyon National Park, a stone mortar jar in Pueblo bonito nearby and carved in stone Friezes in the Ruins of Mitla the pattern repeats also in Mexico and Peru. Fragment of cloths with the same symbol woven in a rare diamond twill tapestry technique in grand gulch Utah. The House of Rain is woven with Historical Navajo interlocking twill technique, within the small diamond twill count common among older women’s dresses of the Pueblos, Navajo and Navajo saddle blankets. A old technique that could conjecturally span from 900 CE to the end of the 13th century in the Colorado plateau but surviving after only in belts and dresses of the historic period. This weaving is dedicated to those early Women weavers and later joined by men that spread weaving all over the Americas to solidify the common heritage every culture shares with the Spider Woman and her partner. Part of a shared story of weaving lasting thousands of years. Woven from reservation grown Navajo Churro and dyed with modern dyes the weaving is the primordial, historic and future of weaving in one textile.
46 x 72
Navajo Diamond Twill Tapestry
100% Navajo Churro
63rd Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market
Class – Weaving and Textiles
House Of Rain
Diamond Twill Tapestry
1st Place Division A – Regional, Pan Reservation and Revival
AAB House of the Butterfly
Tapestry Twill Textile
A diagonal tapestry twill weave with the main body woven in a larger diamond twill and small count broken diamond at the sides. . 100% wool, indigo dye for blue acid brown and black.
Tapestry twill was weaving technique that originated during Pueblo I (900 AD), and peaked between Pueblo II (1080 CE), Pueblo III (1190s) in northern Ancestral Puebloans. The technique was supplanted by embroidery between Pueblo VI and the historic period and survived in what Joe Ben Wheat called "Navajo twill tapestry" in Horse girths, capes and dresses from the early classic period of Navajo weaving. (1880s)
Featuring Rain-house design with alternating white and back stripes reconstructed from both horse cinch fragments and lithographs from Dinétah Circa 1820s
House of the butterfly
100% wool in Braided and weft faced twill.
57x27 144 x 69 cm - 4 in. (10 cm) Fringe
AAC Fate & Spiders Weave
"Spiders & Fates weave"
Spiders and Fates weave on the tapestry as old as Time and sometimes it feels like it's too much to comprehend. Pleasing eye dazzler effect is achieved using high contrast colors and diamond twill weaving to depiction of the great Temporal tapestry.
Single Navajo Saddle blanket
3/5 diamond twill
Continuous loop Fringe
31x28 with 3 in. Fringe
he earring Maker was a series of figure sketches I produced for the Turquoise man painting.
The last one was striking enough to choose to create a mixed media piece. The figure is half my personal goal for my body physique and the other half is amalgamations of the men in my life. Men with the command attention with a look or spoken word. The man is also a jeweler skilled in creating gems and earrings. And like the Navajo counterpart of Gambler, this man will elevate those who support his efforts but will quickly destroy his enemies both real and imaginary. The skin tones are created with orange and blue color pencils softened with water colors and highlighted with white acrylic and sealed with high gloss embedded with silver dust from my work bench. High saturation and a limited color palette with monochromatic frame and outer matte frame this unnumbered original.
The Earring Maker
14 x 17 paper
Graphite, color pencil, acrylic, water color, and silver dust
Framed in a classic silver wood frame and matte
About 500 years ago, All over the Americas, a special technique developed from the finer weaves off the looms of the ancestors. The weaving was treated either to resist dye or take up. Some were painted while others were dyed fully in special dyes that worked at room temperature and used clay and corn leave the negative as a design. This is one such textile using a stamp to pattern white clay mixed with corm to create a macro woven image.
Suitable for framing to match most decors Out from Darkness it is Woven is a contemporary twist on an ancient art.
Cosmic gate is a study in a contemporary study in Navajo Stamped silver. Using mild steel stamps and contemporary stamps the buckle is a unique blend of old and new with a hefty 10 gauge silver. Cold foraged into shape and bushed with a matte finished makes this complete belt.
Cosmic gate, as it’s sometimes called “The Gate of Truth” is the hero’s judgments of their actions and sacrifices as they weigh their personal wants and needs against the needs of their family, community and the many. Some may never have such an encounter in their lives while others know very well the meeting of the gate keeper. On this buckle stills an abstract entity that changes with each person’s interpretation. What will be the outcome if such an encounter? Only the hero knows.
Like many 1st phase buckles, this piece has no stone. In my family and the stories that have be told to me, turquoise and many everyday jewelry is not worn when a warrior is initiated. A prohibition against the stones and gems of tradition must not witness violence. Shiny metals are rubbed down with sand and given a matte finished to prevent glitz. Old teaching that enforce survival in both practical and mental sense and self.
4.6 oz Sterling Silver
Stamped with mild steel (limited number of use)
Hand cut & dressed Belt (48 in)
A limited-run of a textured and stamped braclet made to order with stamped water and comet motifs.
Hand Stamped and shaped
1.7 Oz. of Sterling Silver
1 in. 16 gauge with 1 inch gap.
Zefren-m Belcher chain bracelet
Created by taking strips of 24 gauge silver soldering them into a ring and then forming the Ring edges and then cutting it and resoldering the links to form a complete chain.
all done by hand
10 in. Long with lobster clasp
24 gauge sterling silver