“We base our artwork upon Hopi geometric designs and traditions. The designs we use come from rain, water, clouds, prayer feathers, animals, clan symbols and nature.”
Cultural Community: Hopi/Qäö- Wungwa (corn clan)
Location: second Mesa, Arizona
Hello, my name is Yvette Talaswaima. I am Qäö- Wungwa (corn clan) from the village of Musungnovi on Second Mesa. I have 3 daughters and 3 grandsons.
I learned my art form from my husband Gerald Lomaventema in 2003. Gerald use to work at the Hopi Co-Op Guild and when it closed he started working out of our home. He built a studio next to our home. At this time I helped him finish the jewelry. Doing what I called “the dirty work”, because I was always black from polishing the jewelry.
Over the years I picked up little things and our studio was always open. I could go in there and teach myself how to do different techniques. It was up to me if I really wanted to learn.
I started by making Hopi chains.
My husband , Gerald was getting a lot of orders for chain and he asked me if I wanted to try. At that time I was scared of the torch and didn’t want to ruin anything so I started by flattening some wire and started with big links to solder.
Now, I specialize in making handmade chains. In addition to chain, I also learned how to cut with a jewelers saw. Using different flower designs and I love to design different flowers.
My hallmark is the lightning bolt, it was used by Uncle, Dawson Numkena.
We base our artwork upon Hopi geometric designs and traditions. The designs we use come from rain, water, clouds, prayer feathers, animals, clan symbols and nature.
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