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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Our Challenge Winner: Sirocco!

The winner of The Native American Network - Artfire Guild's very first challenge contest is Paul from the Artfire Studio named Sirocco!  

This is what Paul had to say about his beautiful creation and how it tied into our theme "Our Winged Family:"
Here is a pair of Native American beaded earrings brightly colored and festive. I made them for The Native American Network-Artfire Guild's challenge. The theme is "Our Winged Family."

I made this set of earrings in the familiar wing design. Picking a color scheme for beadwork is always a challenge. So, for this pair of earrings I decided to look at the very colorful songbirds and tropical birds that we find among us in “our winged family” and apply their color palette. This particular bird intrigued me:

Of course trying to mimic the subtle and subdued colors in this bird’s color palette with just the few bead colors that I have on hand is another challenge. But I let “our winged friend” guide me in my bead selection and design.

Congratulations Paul!

If you're looking for more beautifully made, handcrafted beadwork, silversmithing, or other Native American Artwork please find Paul on the web here for a beautiful display of his beautiful work!

A little from Paul:  

"Hello, my name is Paul (aka Dan Sirocco) and I am an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Thank you for stopping by. I have always enjoyed fabricating leather, metals, and gemstones into adornments or other interesting items. I am, for the most part, self-taught and use my own techniques of fabrication. Most of my jewelry is designed with the male user in mind (but not all). I tend to keep my designs simple, nothing that is too busy. Remember, I can re size most jewelry items. If you see something you like or find intriguing, put it in your favorites. Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments."

Congratulations again Paul!


TS Beading said...

Congratulations Paul, those are some beautiful earrings you've made!

Thank you also to the rest of the entrants and guild members who voted and promoted our challenge, we couldn't have done it without you!

Finally, thank you to everyone who took a moment to vote for their favorite, your help is greatly appreciated!

Howling Caterpillars said...

Congrats, Paul!!! good job!

Healersmoon said...

Congratulations Paul, beautiful work. Love your store!

Sonora Kay said...

Congratulations Paul


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