'HONORING OUR ROOTS'
The Essentials of Navajo Jewelry
with Lyndon Tsosie
April 14, 2021
Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm EST
As part of MAGG's newest initiative, The Bronze Smiths, we will be hosting a series of workshops paying homage to our ancestors, especially those of African and other Indigenous cultures who passed down the original craft. Workshops will also focus on the cultural significance of different forms of jewelry and adornment as well as exploring traditional techniques.
In this second lecture of the series we are honored to host Lyndon Tsosie of House of Stamps and his lecture 'The Essentials of Navajo Jewelry Making'. Lyndon will discuss the early beginnings (early 1900’s-present) of Navajo jewelry’s minimal use of machinery to create exquisite wearable art.
Lyndon Tsosie was born in 1968 in Fort Defiance, Arizona and has become one of the rising stars among contemporary Navajo jewelers, a masterful inlayer of fine materials who exhibits innovative forms and design concepts.
Since the early 1990s, Lyndon has been designing and fabricating jewelry. His style is extremely unique, combining contemporary three dimensional shapes, masterfully cast designs, and bold textures that portray landscapes. Often his pieces include sections that are cast in tufa stone. Many of his pieces include asymmetrical designs using precious and semiprecious stones of the highest quality. His pieces can include a variety of metals, including sterling silver, all karats of gold, and platinum. His work includes a wide variety of high grade, natural stones – masterfully cut, polished, and set.
Lyndon challenges us to expand our concept of jewelry and art with his inlaid boxes, which might be shaped like a jewel box or a Navajo Hogan, revealing an interior river of opal or surrounded by “logs” of pink and red coral, turquoise, lapis lazuli and deep purple sugilite. Lyndon’s necklaces, bracelets, and rings, look like modern miniature paintings made with inlaid stones, and have been compared to the artwork of Klee and Mondrian.
Lyndon has been entering his work in Juried shows since 1994 and has won many awards. He has been a recipient of top awards at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Art Market (Southwestern Association for Indian Arts) in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Heard Museum Guild Art Market in Phoenix, Arizona – as well as the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial, New Mexico State Fair, and the Southwest Art Festival.
Lyndon has become internationally popular and his work is sought after all over the world. Many of his collectors are from Japan and Lyndon has spent a lot of time in Asia. His newest pieces feature strong influences from Asian art – including unique techniques that he has learned and brought back to the Southwest United States.
- Garland’s Indian Jewelry
- Laurie Spigel, Urban Spirit Gallery
Questions, contact Artist Assistant
We would like to make this accessible to anyone so we are offering this for FREE to the public, however, if you are inspired to do so please consider making a donation at the time of your registration that will be split between our guest and MAGG's Bronze Smiths Initiative.
Suggested Donation $10-$30
In the comfort of your home studio
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Register for the workshop in advance via the MAGG website at www.metalartsguildga.org. You can choose to make a donation at registration.
Cancellation / Refund Policy
If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the workshop contact as soon as possible.