Beadwork & Quillwork by Monica Jo Raphael
Size: The body of the purse measures 6" X 9". The beaded rope strap is 23" long. Finished length top to bottom is 14".
Category: Beadwork & Quillwork
Tribal Affiliation: Anishinaabe-Lakota
Woodland porcupine quillwork on birch bark purse using a needle awl, tweezers and small scissors. Materials include spring birch bark harvested on the Lake Michigan shoreline, artist harvested porcupine quills washed and dyed using plants, food and commercial dyes, traditional brain tanned smoked deer hide finished with size 13 vintage and 24k gold Czech charlotte cut beads, antique black 6mm fire polished beads, antique brass thimbles, brass hawk bells, and dyed horsehair. All-natural materials were traditionally harvested, processed and prepared by the artist. Traditionally, the Anishinaabe used the flora and fauna of the woodlands of the Great Lakes as design inspiration. This work is inspired by the flora and fauna in the Wichita Mountains of southwestern Oklahoma and the homelands of the Comanche people and how I see where I make my home now. The purse is 6" X 9" with a finished length of 14" top to bottom.