Mary Jacobs

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Mary Jacobs

Nation/Clan: Seneca Nation/Turtle clan
Media: Beadwork and Leatherwork

Exhibits participated in:
• Seneca Nation Fall Festival Art Show
• New York State Fair Indian Village
• Silver Creek High School Culture Day
• Seneca Nation Library Fall Art Show
• Erie County Fair “Nya-Weh”  Village Exhibit
• Seneca Nation Museum, Seneca Artist Guild Members –
• Seneca Allegany Casino Show

Artist Resume:

2018 Honorable mention Hodinöhsö:ni’ Art Show at Ganondagan, Victor, NY
2018 1st Place Beadwork NYS Indian Village Exhibit
2016 – 2018 Santa Fe Art Market Participant

Artist Statement:

My beadwork has evolved over the years from simple daisy chains to raised work collars and cuffs. I started learning from my grandmother as a teenager and have continued to learn new techniques from the elders in my community. I enjoy beading and take pleasure in watching my creations take shape. Most of my creations are wearable and reflect the world I live in. I bead flowers, vines, birds, animals, and simple smooth lines in most of my work. I work with glass, stone, and seed beads applied to cloth or leather to create traditional Seneca clothing and accessories. My sewing skills compliment my beadwork skills to create unique traditional outfits such as dresses, shirts, leggings, breech cloths, and skirts. My interest also include making beaded picture frames and other household items such as needle cases and pin cushions.

The beading knowledge I have acquired I continue to share with others. I have taught classes in the local schools, elders community centers, and for my local native language and culture program.  I encourage my students and myself to look around and take inspiration from the gifts the creator has made for us.



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