Native Jewelry and Accessories Showcase
This event is free and available to the public.
This event will premiere Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. on this page.
To support and promote First American artists, the Chickasaw Cultural Center presents the inaugural Native Jewelry and Accessories Showcase. This event highlights intricate, handmade First American jewelry, accessories and textiles from notable and up-and-coming artists.
Brent Deramus (Chafa Homma)
Following a 30-year battle for sobriety, Brent Deramus (Choctaw) began to have reoccurring dreams of a serpent with wings, a vision which seemed to follow him on his travels. One night, he decided to sketch the winged serpent, which marked the first time he’d created art in more than three decades. His creativity soon began flooding in as he experimented with various mediums and inspirations.
Brent, operating under the name Chafa Homma, crafts jewelry, accessories and paintings with a unique mixture of Southeastern native culture, street art, skateboarding and punk rock. Brent’s art seeks to make a statement about the rich diversity in First American culture, where native designs are not always inspired by stereotypical imagery.
Shop Chafa Homma website: https://www.chafahomma.com
Margaret Roach Wheeler (Mahota Textiles)
Margaret Roach Wheeler (Chickasaw) is an award-winning weaver, fiber expert and textile artist who has received a research fellowship to study at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York and exhibited works at prestigious institutions, including the Museum of Art and Design and the Museum of Contemporary Native Art (MoCNA).
She has earned numerous awards including Best of Class at Heard Museum Indian Market, First place in SWAIA (Santa Fe Indian Market), and Purchase Award at Eitel Jorg. She is the owner of Mahota Handwovens, a weaver mentoring studio, and was inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 2010.
Mahota Textiles is the ultimate passion project for Margaret, for which she honors the legacy and heritage of her family. The Mahota name can be traced back to five generations of lineage within her family and it is her dream to honor the spirit and legacy of creative Chickasaw women.
Shop Mahota: https://www.mahotatextiles.com/shop
Carter Kornegay (CK Turquoise)
Carter Kornegay is a 14-year-old Chickasaw jewelry designer from Collinsville, Oklahoma. Following a lifelong passion for native jewelry, Carter focused on starting her own business during the COVID-19 pandemic. After researching silversmithing and relying on numerous online resources, Carter established CK Turquoise in 2020. Carter quickly developed a knack for crafting sterling silver and turquoise jewelry, earning the Judge’s Choice Award during the 2020 Virtual Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM).
Carter says she is “blessed beyond measure to have family, friends and clients that support my vision. I am very excited about the future of CK Turquoise and cannot wait to share my journey.”
Shop CK Turquoise: https://www.instagram.com/ckturquoise
Nola Robertsoni (Anola Waters)
Nola Monetathchi (Chickasaw/Comanche/Cheyenne), known professionally as Anola Waters, is a First American jewelry designer born in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, and currently residing in Ada, Oklahoma. Nola produces beautiful, contemporary beadwork pieces and resin accessories and decor. She stays busy with her family businesses and four children, but still finds time to innovate in her art. Nola’s other interests include native arts promotion and native fashion modeling.
Charley Johnson (Southeastern Native Jewelry)
Charley Johnson (Chickasaw/Flandreau Santee Sioux/Cherokee/Seminole/Creek) is an award-winning First American artist from Mesa, Arizona. In 2003, Charley began designing gorgets inspired by the work of Woodrow Haney. Combining Southeastern tribal motifs with his own vision, Charley crafts gorgets, bracelets, earrings and other jewelry which integrate ancient beauty with modern metal work and gemstones.
When describing his art, Charley states, “there is a resurgence of the old southeastern motifs in pottery, paintings, sculpture and jewelry. I believe that the use of these ancient designs by the native people makes them no less authentic or traditional than the ancient designs found on artifacts recovered by archeologists.”
Shop Southeastern Native Jewelry: https://southeasternnativejewelry.myshopify.com
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