So the People With Fur followed the feathers to the Quilt where the People With Their Eyes Closed sat. The People with Fur nudged the people sitting on their quilt to remind them that you can't see the world when your eyes are closed, and you can't feel the world when your edges are not stitched together. The People began to open their eyes and to listen. When the People step outside their homes with their Eyes Open they see the World.
So here is the thing I made at the beginning of the Pandemic.
I have a lot of thoughts and emotions around this.
It's not mine.
I've had plenty of time while working on it to explore my thoughts because Paper Quilling is a time consuming process.
This piece is inspired by Focus Smith's lakota beadwork iconography design that he is selling as a t-shirt. You can buy your own on the Thrive website here:
(more about Thrive later)
Focus published this little translation along with it:
Because the design is not my own, because I live in a place where its easy, so easy, to discount the amazing journey that our indigenous people are on, I am donating the proceeds from sale of this piece to Thrive Unlimited and their mission of building strong communities by placing creative power back in the hands of the people. If you have been around me for the last six months you've probably heard bits and pieces of my excitement over this organization and how they are creating more effective narratives for some of the most difficult problems our local community faces.
According to their website Thrive Unltd. is "a collective of individuals from diverse backgrounds working tirelessly to empower indigenous communities to heal from the inside out. Representing various tribal nations, we draw upon our direct life and work experience to bring innovative, culturally based solutions to issues facing our communities. Thrive was founded with the intent to create a new narrative for indigenous peoples that identified us as resilient nations who heal and thrive"
Their message resonates so clearly with what I have learned from working with the "People with Fur"
This artwork will be on Digital Display for the next month. If you are interested in owning it or a print please contact me through this website to place a bid. Also buy one of the tshirts from Focus!