March 2, 2019 // 10am - 6pm // 1777 NW 24th Avenue, Portland, OR 97210
John and Luke, a father-son duo, run Red Shell. They have a pawn shop in Gallup, NM where they specialize in American Indian art and spiny oyster shells. Gallup's main industry is wholesale jewelry production, and every year the town hosts the Inter-tribal Ceremonial, which draws Native American visitors in. John’s wife is Navajo and makes traditional Navajo beaded pieces with her friends - they make the beaded bracelets and hair clips we love so much. We also get turquoise jewelry from John and Luke, and many of these pieces have maker's marks on them so you can learn the names behind the art.
Martinez Indian Arts
Sally Martinez is the force behind Martinez Indian Arts in Arizona. She works with Native American artists who create incredible contemporary turquoise jewelry.
(Baba Berthe pictured above, Makers in Mali below)
Muso Masiri is a jewelry company in Mali. Baba Berthe is one of the company’s artists, and he sent us pictures of the makers at work in Mali. From Muso Masiri we get some fantastic recycled pieces - flip flops transformed into rubber necklaces and bronze cuffs made from recycled car radiators! (A tip from Baba: those cuffs can be shined up by dipping them in lemon juice and allowing them to dry in the sun.) We also got woven leather necklaces and beaded necklaces, and bronze and silver rings and cuffs with ebony inlay that Baba made.
African Bead Man
Alaji runs African Bead Man, and true to his business' name, provides us with beads from Africa. These beads are beautiful and so versatile, coming in a wide variety of shapes and colors.