Western Art Collector

Yonavea Hawkins



Titled Running Horse II, these bracelets made by Yonavea Hawkins, are made from Czech beads hand-stitched to buckskin. “The beauty of running horses was the inspiratio­n for these beaded cuffs. The design elements and colors on the cuff ends are completely different on each [of them], as are the horses on the center of the cuff,” says Hawkins. Her advice to collectors: “When looking at beadwork, observe whether the stitching is consistent [and] firm, not lax or too tight. Become familiar with bead types and beading techniques. The types and techniques used in creating beadwork give its unique look.”

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