Friday, August 22, 2014

Turtles!

Photo copyright Aji, 2014; all rights reserved.

All the way down!

Okay, not really, but they do play a significant role in today's Friday Feature at The NDN Silver Blog. Today, it's small dual-purpose drums by one of our master drum-makers. These combine the hallmarks of easily-held hand drums with the greater depth and dual-sided qualities of upright drums. They're sized appropriately for youth as well as adults, (and they're much less expensive, too!).

And today, Grandmother Turtle has brought us rain already, so I guess it was the right time to introduce you to her.

Come and take a look.  There's also a little shot of a fantastic rattle, but you'll have to come and read to find out more. Shares of the post itself and of the main page, of course, always welcomed with our thanks.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

#TBT: Native Flasks

Photo copyright Aji, 2014; all rights reserved.

It's Throwback Thursday at The NDN Silver Blog, and today, it's a look at an old-fashioned staple of daily life: the flask.

Water, tobacco, medicine: They came in all shapes and sizes and materials, and they were carried as a matter of course. They're still used today.

Come and take a look. You'll see a gorgeous close-up shot of the traditional micaceous flask shown above, one made years ago by Wings's sister. You'll also see some stunning photos of Wings's own award-winning work, miniature flasks rendered in sterling silver.

Shares via the social-media buttons at the bottom of the post itself, and of Wings's main page, are welcomed with thanks from both of us.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Musings on Raised Hands

Photo copyright Wings, 2014; all rights reserved.

Today's post at The NDN Silver Blog is a bit of a departure. It does include the featured piece that I originally intended to use, the piece that sparked today's musings. But unlike most posts, it includes only the imagery and descriptive passages, no pricing information. When you read it, you'll see why.

It's not a post for selling material things. Instead, it's a meditation on recent tragic events and what a world might look like where the associated imagery is repurposed to entirely different ends.

It's not exactly a pleasant post. There's too much pain explored in it for that. But it does offer a shift in the visual frame, as artists are wont to do — a shift that desperately needs to be made manifest in our world, today.

For the sake of our children. Even unto the seventh generation.

Shares of this one are especially welcomed with our thanks. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Turquoise Tuesday: Domes and Peaks and Mountains

Photo copyright Wings, 2014; all rights reserved.
It's Turquoise Tuesday again at The NDN Silver Blog, and today we're wrapping up our exploration of Arizona's turquoise mines and the turquoise they produce with a look at three final mines

As always, there's some history in it, too, as well as some photos of some truly beautiful stones, both contemporary and very, very old. No featured items from current inventory today, but some beautiful nuggets and cabochons nonetheless.

Also as always, shares via the social-media buttons at the bottom of the post, and of Wings's main page, are welcomed with our gratitude.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Stories Full of Stories

Photo copyright Wings, 2014; all rights reserved.
That's today's theme at The NDN Silver Blog, with the wrap-up of our look at the role Pueblo architecture plays in the art of its people.

Today, it's seen through Wings's eyes, and through the lens of his camera — just a brief glimpse, but enough to show its centrality and connectedness, in more ways than one.

Shares via the social-media buttons at the bottom of the post, and of Wings's main page, are welcomed with our thanks.

And now, I'm off to give my head and eyes a break, and get started on my mile-long to-do list for the day.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ancient Architecture: A Little Jeweled Photographic Tour

Photo copyright Wings, 2014; all rights reserved.
Today at The NDN Silver Blog, it's the promised follow-up to yesterday's piece on ancient architecture as artistic inspiration.  Today, it's a little tour of the Pueblo itself via photos and Wings's signature series of Pueblo pins.

Shares via the social-media buttons at the bottom of the post itself and of Wings's main page are welcomed with gratitude.

I'm not physically up to engaging much today; still recovering. I'll check in as I can.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Architecture in Silver

Photo copyright Wings, 2014; all rights reserved.
Today at The NDN Silver Blog, it's more on the Pueblo's ancient architecture as a source of artistic inspiration. This weekend, we're looking at it through Wings's own eyes, but through the "lens" of his primary medium: sterling silver.

It's very much a feature of his work, but only one of the pieces in today's entry remains available for sale. The rest are gone, some for years now. But it's some beautiful work, and some beautiful imagery.

So come and take a look. Shares of the original post and the main page are welcomed, as always, with our thanks.