"Tails and Wings" Open Front Art Coat by Lorne Honyumptewa
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Artist - Lorne Honyumptewa
Hopi/Picuris Pueblo, New Mexico
One of a Kind
Open Front Coat
100% Silk Coat & Lining
Two slash pockets
Features Exclusive Artwork
Dry clean only
Here is artist Lorne Honyumptewa's tribute to the small creatures of the water. Lorne is a traditional farmer as well as an artist, and was inspired by his experience of the annual spring cleaning of the irrigation ditches where he lives in Arizona. In so doing, he noticed and appreciated the life-bringing force of water in the myriad life forms that come into existence with the cyclical arrival of water: cattails, dragonflies, tadpoles and more. This is especially noticeable in the arid desert lands of the southwest, where traditional irrigation ditches form ribbons of green in the dry land.
Lorne took the pale, aqua green of the silk color to represent bright, fresh water, and added silhouettes of cattails and tadpoles around the hem and cuffs in black to go with the black lining silk. His use of the hot yellow and red to depict the dragonfly symbols offers a wonderful and unexpected contrast. The single large dragonfly on the front is bisected by the coat opening, with two smaller dragonflies at the collar representing male and female life forms. Then on the center back he arranges the dragonfly symbols in a geometric cluster of five for a mandala-like visual effect.
Wear this piece over black for a special occasion and celebrate the life force of water!Aqua green tuxedo silk shell
with black shantung silk lining.
I am a Hopi/Picuris Pueblo 2-D illustrator. I was born in Tuba City, Arizona on March 9, 1979. My mother is Diane Caroline Sine, from Picuris Pueblo and she works with traditional micaceous pottery. My father is a well known Hopi Kachina doll carver from Lower Moenkopi: Stetson Honyumptewa.
I have been into art all my life, growing up with my father especially. I got a lot of inspiration from him and being around galleries that featured all types of art. Looking at Southwest Art magazines always got my mind going, especially natural scenes, sunsets, and landscapes.
I graduated from Pojoaque High School in New Mexico and realized I had a talent that I was too modest to announce or display. I wanted to go to the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, but Pojoaque High School was as far as I got.
I like to work with pen and pencil for fine details. I like creating art that satisfies the eyes and takes time and energy from the mind, body and spirit. I want my art to bring good energy and vibes to all who encounter it, for we are all one.
I got my first blue ribbon in 2008 for a pen and ink drawing of Kachinas in a ceremony at one of the Mesas. I got pumped up to do more, add color to it, and got another blue ribbon for a White Bear Kachina in a Winter Wonderland in the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff. Since then I have been in Indian Markets at Santa Fe.