Gaudy by Neola

Firebird & Crow

Many of my inspirations come from patterns I see in native American weaving, pottery, and beading. These two hand loomed necklaces are samples of my interpretation of the wonderful native art we see here in the Arizona desert.

These pieces are hand beaded in a square stitch, or loom style, using Japanese seed beads. These perfectly matched beads allow the piece to lay flat while maintaining a gentle waving motion. Both hang on a 14 inch braided leather neck piece which can be replaced by a favorite rope or chain if desired.

"Firebird" is in Pan American style in shades of black, blue, grey, red and white. The Phoenix as a totem or spirit guide is said to bring renewal, purity, rebirth, and the promise of dawn to follow dusk.

This piece measures 1 1/2 inches wide and is 5 3/4 inches long including the dagger fringe. 

"Crow" is done in the style of that tribal art in stunning bold shades of black, yellow, red and green. This one measures 1 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches. 

Neola Bye-Beza

I have always been attracted to all things natural and earthy. As a bead artist living here in the southwest desert I am surrounded by wonderful lapidary folks giving me access to unusual cuts of jasper and agates that lend themselves to the unique "one of a kind' beaded jewelry I design. Working with natural stones and seed beads which I embroider onto leather or suede using my own original designs with native stitches and techniques I sew or loom each piece individually.


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