Beadwork & Quillwork by Deana Ward
Size: 30" x 10" x 3"
Category: Beadwork & Quillwork
Tribal Affiliation: Choctaw
One-needle applique, single stitching, two cords are wrap-beaded, picot edging, copper wire work, and peyote stitch edging (medallion). Front of the purse is entirely stitched in concentric circles.
Purse (Front) antique, micro beads from 18/0-13/0, brass bells, brass thimbles, copper cones, horsehair, copper wire, gun shell casing, beaded on brain-tanned, smoked deer buckskin, and fire polished beads. Inside of purse is lined with satin. State medallion beads are consistent with the beads on the front of the purse. Medallion is backed onto brain-tanned, smoked deer buckskin. Purse (Back) has contemporary 13/0 cut seed beads. This purse took over 360 hours to make.
Sometimes, you feel powerless. You see people calling shots you would not call. This purse is a depiction of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt as a trickster possum in a three-piece suit. I don’t agree with his policies. Those ancient trickster stories are still relevant, applicable to today. I didn’t want the purse to be entirely morose. On the back of the purse you will find the Oklahoma state bird. I love scissor-tailed flycatchers, I think they are graceful. I wanted my love of my state to come through this purse as well.
30” x 10” x 3”