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Puebloan artist David Naranjo chose a bold, simple design suggesting dark hills against a silvery night sky with calming horizon lines for this gorgeous vest. The design is mirrored just above the waist as though reflected at the edge of the open desert. The gleaming silver paint against the deep, eggplant purple fabric gives an air of celestial mystery: richness and quiet majesty. Dress it up with some chunky silver jewelry over a simple black to enhance the starry allure, and watch heads turn as you enter the room.
My name is David A. Naranjo and I am from Santa Clara Pueblo. I am a contemporary Puebloan artist and currently a senior at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, working in multiple mediums to depict cultural symbolism through Puebloan pottery designs and fine geometrical linear work.
My inspiration has come from learning the Tewa language. While learning the language, I obtained a deeper understanding and connection of our cultural practices and found that a lot can be said with few words because you speak from your heart. I found our way of life to be a form of poetry and seek to show understanding and respect while making art as a form of prayer and ceremony.
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