Here is a peek at one her jewelry box gourds:
And one of her very cute "Apple Gourds" that she is selling at the show.
While we were on that subject, I noticed she has a beautiful Native American Art collection. The cool thing about this collection is she personally picked out each item not just for its beauty but because she wanted to support the tribes efforts to continue their traditions and keep handing them down from generation to generation.
Each item has a very special memory and was purchased while her husband and her were on one of their many motorcycle trips through the southwest (with the exception of the Apache Baskets). Additionally, since she was traveling via “motorcycle” she was challenged to pick pieces that would survive this mode of travel and the very limited luggage space. See picture to left.
Norma enjoys sharing her Native American art collection with others and gave me permission to photograph it and post a few of the pictures on this blog.
The above picture: This may be an Apache basket but Norma was not positive. She bought this at an Antique store in the southwest.
Tohono-o-odham basket. The Tohono-o-odham, are from southern Arizona, their ancesters were called Papago. Their baskets are very distinctive and are made of dried yucca plant. The materials used in the Tohono-o-dham baskets are native to the Sonora Desert Area. They tend to use “Bear Grass” and “Devil’s Claw” in their basket making.
I thought I would add another sneak peek at a couple of her other projects that have been featured in magazines. This doll is about color......and patterns...love it!
This necklace is made from a gourd and she has combined beautiful precious stones with it.