IACA Journal Summer 2015 - page 1

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HARLIE
2015 IACA A
RTIST
OF
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Y
EAR
CALENDAR
Nominations for 2016 IACA
Board of Directors: September
15, 2015.
IACA Fall Workshop and Board
Meeting: October 21-22, 2015,
Isleta Resort, Albuquerque.
IACA Fall Wholesale Market:
October 23-24, 2015,
Isleta Resort, Albuquerque.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
IACA President’s
Message
2
Welcome New IACA
Members
2
IACA Fall Wholesale
Market Set
3
Join the IACA Board of
Directors
4
Participation in Whole-
sale Markets Boost
Google Ranking
3
Edward Charlie is a jack of many trades: hand him a stack of wood, he'll build you a new medicine
cabinet; a leaky faucet will be as good as new with a flick of his
wrench; when he takes a brush to canvas, beautiful, vivid ideas come
to life. He can turn his hand to anything, but when he creates jewelry,
the result is nothing short of magical.
Growing up in the town
of Southfield, Michigan,
Edward didn't get much
opportunity to experiment
with the arts, but that
didn't stop his interest
from blossoming. At the
age of five, he took a can
of spray paint to the doors
of his father's classic and
freshly painted '74 El Camino, just to show his parents
an example of his early artistic vision! After four years
serving with the Navy, followed by a few years of mixing cocktails for boisterous patrons, he moved
to Flagstaff, Arizona to gain more knowledge of jewelry making, and to better acquaint himself with
his Navajo culture. He worked as an assistant for his brother for some time, and was able to hone in
on his talent and shape his skills as a silversmith, as well as learn the complex art of tufa-casting.
Edward is now a full time master silversmith and jewelry artist, who specializes in tufa-casting and
multicolored patina. His style has evolved into a contemporary take on traditional Navajo (Diné)
symbolism and cultural references. It typifies the Navajo concept of hózhó or balance, and each
piece is delicately engineered and designed for both function and beauty.
He is the recent winner of the 2015 IACA Artist of the Year award for his
piece entitled "Spider Woman Bracelet." In 2013, Edward won a Judge's
Choice Award at The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, and
was subsequently published in
Native People's Magazine
. In 2012 he re-
ceived the New Horizon Award for Innovation and Design at the Navajo
Nation Fair in Window Rock, AZ, for a cubism-inspired, squash blossom
necklace. His piece entitled "Emergence of the Four Clans" is on perma-
nent display at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, NM.
While Edward enjoys branching out into many creative outlets, his first
love is silver on stone.
"I can carve and shape tufa into what I dream about. I
feel fortunate that my thoughts and dreams can become real, and can enhance
someone’s natural beauty."--Edward Charlie
Spider Woman Bracelet::
2015 Artist of the Year Award Winner
Edward Charlie
I n d i a n A r t s a n d C r a f t s A s s o c i a t i o n
J O U R N A L
THE WORLD’S LEADING AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS ALLIANCE
Volume 4, Issue 1
Summer 2015
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