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Artist's Profile
Tribal Affilation:
Navajo
Training:
Indiana University-1997 Master of Science
Art Education with an emphasis in Metalsmith & Jewelry Design
New Mexico State University-1987 Bachelor of Science
Art Education
Permanent Collections:
Methods and Style of Work:
Artist Statement
My traditional Navajo background surfaces in all aspects of my jewelry design. A complete shift from traditional Navajo silversmith
design to modern design will never happen for me. The Navajo culture is a powerful part of my life and I want parts of it to always
surface in my designs. I have managed to combine my traditional ways with contemporary jewelry techniques.
The Dine' (Navajo) Philosophy of Life encompasses air, fire, water, and earth. The four sacred directions, colors, plants, and
mountains are an integral part of my designs. These elements of nature - life giving sources - will not be shown together in one
whole piece. To "Walk in Beauty" (Hozho'), as I have learned, is not easy when one walks in two worlds.
Awards:
IACA Artist of the Year 2006
Signature or Hallmark:
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About The Artist:
Ya'-a't'-e'e'h (Hello). My name is Amelia. I am Dine' (Navajo) and am of the Bitterwater (todich' iinnii) Clan, born for the Mud (hast
lish nii) Clan.
My traditional Navajo background surfaces in all aspects of my jewelry design. A complete shift from traditional Navajo silversmith
design to modern design will never happen for me. The Navajo culture is a powerful part of my life and I want parts of it to always
surface in my designs. I have managed to combine my traditional ways with contemporary jewelry techniques.
Amelia Joe-Chandler
Other Information:
Friday, February 17, 2012
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