If you have any interest in beadwork, textiles, embroidery and/or craft in general, get yourself over to the The Autry National Center of the American West to see their exhibition entitled Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork.
I saw the exhibition a couple of weeks ago, and I still find myself thinking about it. The exhibition is beautiful and inspiring, and the techniques and design on display are truly jaw-dropping to see in person. I took my sweet time looking at every single object in the exhibition, and I even read every bit of wall text too -- something I NEVER do -- just so I could understand as much as possible.
Here are a few examples of the beautiful works you can observe in person if you are able to get to the exhibition:
If you are not able to see the exhibition in person, I would suggest purchasing (as I did) this incredible book, Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork.
Here is a brief summary of the exhibition, as seen on The Autry website:
Art and spirituality converge with trade and commerce in Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork, a groundbreaking exhibition of more than 250 unique objects and personal stories. The exhibition is the first of its kind to explore how beaded floral designs became a remarkable art form as well as a means of economic and cultural survival for the Native North American people.
Floral Journey presents moccasins, bags, dresses, hats, jackets, and other exquisitely beaded and quilled items selected from multiple private collections and fifteen cultural institutions, including the Autry's Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection. Many of the objects will be displayed to the public for the first time.
The exhibition will be on display through April 26, 2015.
One more note...if you are interested in learning more about beading techniques used above, The Autry is hosting a Community Beadwork Drop-In Workshop on:
Saturday, Mar 7, 2015, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, Apr 11, 2015, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
click here for more info