These beaded earrings feature two Opal White hearts surrounded by rows of red and white Czech 12/0 3-cuts and Czech rhinestone banding. Backed with brain-tanned buckskin. Fingernail posts. These earrings are pretty wide - measuring 2" at the widest point (including the edge beads) and 2.5" long. Handmade in Anishinaabewaki by A. Ellie Mitchell.
About the Artist
A Ellie Mitchell (Eagle Clan) is an enrolled member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. One of her earliest memories is of her mother selling dreamcatchers and beaded earrings at a powwow in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ellie began learning beadwork from her mother at the age of seven. By nine, she was selling art to her classmates and teachers. Ellie attended the Saginaw Chippewa Academy for elementary and middle school, where she received instruction from numerous Anishinaabe artists. Ellie is the owner of Bead & Powwow Supply. She dances jingle and women’s traditional at powwows (depending on the heat and her mood) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Ziiibiwing Center of Anishinaabe Culture & Lifeways. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Michigan State University and is working on a Master of Arts in Humanities from Central Michigan University.