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Thomas Stillday: Master Ojibwe Bead Artist

I just love beadwork - Thomas Stillday

When he was child, Thomas Stillday found inspiration in the beautiful beadwork catching his eye while on the pow wow circuit with his parents.  After experimenting on a card sized piece of fabric when he was twelve, he went big for his next project - a cape for his sister.   Since then, he's continued to create capes, dresses, regalia, bandolier bags, moccasins, necklaces and much more - all of which are works of fine art, some of which have taken years to complete. Hailing from a long line of bead artists, his absolute love of the craft and Ojibwe culture shines thru in every one of his works. Thirty-eight years after his first attempt, Thomas's beadwork designs have made their way into galleries at the McKnight Foundation, the Watermark Art Center and of course they are worn at pow wows.  

Give yourself a gift and watch his virtual exhibit at watermarkartcenter.org!  When life gets back to normal you'll be able to see the magic in person at the Watermark! 

Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. Since 2016, she's produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota. She's our local host of NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's As It Happens every weekday from 4-7pm.