'HONORING OUR ROOTS'
The Making of a Navajo Bracelet
with Lyndon Tsosie
April 24, 2021
Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm 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.
For our second workshop in this series we are honored to be hosting Lyndon Tsosie of House of Stamps with this virtual workshop: 'The Making of a Navajo Bracelet'. Students will learn to design and fabricate early first phase Navajo cuff bracelet using minimal tools to create.
Pre-requisite: None. This is a great workshop for total beginners to advanced students.
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
Materials and Supplies
- Sheet St Silver 6” x 1.5”, 16 gauge (or 16 or 18 gauge copper)
- Metal stamps - 6 stamp variety (recommended designs: straight lined, half
moon/curved, triangle, nail puncher *purchase from any hardware store*)
- Ball Peen Hammer
- Raw Hide Mallet
- Steel Stamping Block
- Solid Bench/Stump
- Rubber mat (absorbs hits to avoid double stamping)
- Metal Bracelet Mandrel
- Fine Steel Wool
- Bracelet Shaping
- Satin Finishing (steel wool)
Stamp options and How to purchase
Our House of Stamps website www.thehouseofstamps.com
25% discount for workshop participants with coupon code (will be emailed upon registration)
Excludes Sale Items. Coupon is activated and Expires at 11:59 pm MST April 30,2021.
Contact Info: Lyndon Tsosie 505-399-1894 firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions, contact Artist Assistant
(proceeds will go to The Bronze Smiths Initiative)
In the comfort of your home studio
Not a current MAGG member? Join today Membership is $50 annually.
Register for the workshop with the participation fee payable in advance via the MAGG website at www.metalartsguildga.org
If your payment is accepted, you are registered for the workshop.
Cancellation / Refund Policy
If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the workshop contact as soon as possible. A cancellation fee of 20% of the workshop tuition will be charged on cancellations received more than 28 days before the start of the workshop. Cancellations received less than 28 days but more than 7 days before the workshop will receive a 50% refund; cancellations received 7 days or less before the start of the workshop will receive no refund. If your seat in the workshop can be filled, only the cancellation fee (20%) will apply.