News at N8tiveArts / Indianapolis
This sterling silver and Mediterranean red coral Shadow Box bracelet, handmade by N8tiveArts.com owner Erick Begay, earned a "Second Place Award" at this past weekend's Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market in downtown Indianapolis.
This bracelet is a stunning example of Navajo silversmithing, as it incorporates a number of specialized metalsmithing techniques. The most compelling is the "shadow box technique", which is simply the making of a hollow form and setting the stones within the hollow form (through an opening) and antiquing the background to form a "shadow". It is available at N8tiveArts.com.
Navajo silversmith, Erick Begay grew up watching his mom, Frances Begay, make "chip inlay" jewelry that was reminiscent of this style and this design is a homage to the silversmiths of the 1970's (Frances Begay, Tommy Singer, Charlie Singer, Willie Singer).
The Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, which opened in 1989, was founded by Harrison Eiteljorg. The museum showcases Western and Native American art and cultural objects. The Eiteljorg host its annual Native American Market every June.For more information about the Eiteljorg museum check out their website at: www.eiteljorg.org/