DESIGNS by NELDA
SMALL SCULPTURES; HANDHELDS; NECKLACES; PENDANTS; PINS
ONE OF A KIND CREATIONS IN

GOLD, STERLING SILVER AND COPPER
nelda@designsbynelda.com
My art is a mix of jewelry (wearable art), hand held and table top sculptures that can be displayed on the wall in deep recessed frames. The visual thread of commonality that is present in all of my work is the use of organic and geometric design elements;The media I use is Silver, Gold, Copper, Horsehair, Deer Antler and Semi-Precious Stones.
BREASTPLATE
NECKLACE

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FOUR DIRECTIONS
Complementary Rattles
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Hand Held Rattle
Sterling Silver, Copper, Citrine, Horsehair, Deer Antler

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TABLE TOP RATTLES
Sterling Silver, Copper, Carnelian, Horsehair, Deer Antler
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Hand Held Rattle
Sterling Silver, Copper, Turquoise, Deer Antler

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I use hard-edged geometric shapes mixed with soft "pillow like" hollow forms throughout each art object.  The colors of semi-precious stones, that are used, are significant.  In my culture, red and yellow represents power; in the physical and spiritual sense. Green is the first color a child receives, representing newness like the first growth in spring;  Shapes such as the circle represents the Circle of Life, squares, rectangles, and triangles represent how Native people were boxed in on the reservations and their freedoms taken away;  Free flowing shapes represent how the spirit of Native people could not be harnessed or tied down.  The deer antler and horsehair are used to honor the animals for their special role in helping Native people persevere and survive.
PENDANT
Sterling Silver with Peruvian Blue Opal

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PENDANT
Sterling Silver with Carnelian

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PENDANT
Sterling Silver with Denim Blue Lapis

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NECKLACE
TATONKA

Sterling Silver, Blue Lapis, Horsehair
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BROACH
14K Gold , Sterling Silver, Blue Saphire
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TABLE TOP RATTLES
Stylized Family
Sterling Silver, Black Onyx, Yellow Citrine, Carnelian
Horsehair

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PIN
Sterling Silver Scenic Jasper

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PIN
Sterling Silver Fossilized Coral

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PIN
Sterling Silver African Agate

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Awards
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Schedule
 2015
New Works
Hand Held Rattle
Sterling Silver, Carnelian,
Horsehair, Deer Antler

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Hand Held Rattle
Sterling Silver, Carnelian,
Horsehair, Deer Antler
with antler display

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NECKLACE
Sterling Silver  AMYTHIST DRUZY,
AMYTHIST BEADS

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