We offer antique and new art & craft items. For information on our backgrounds and services besides sales the consultation tab above. The focus of the art Paul-René has done and collected has been that of the Eastern Woodlands of North America. Also Tiffany / French art of his great-grandfather is displayed and will be featured in a future book.
Most of the products you see for sale are from "The Woodland" cultures. Through trade there are also items for all over North America and the World & antiques of various types. What follows is a listing of some of the categories in which we have items.
Making things beautiful reflects the beauty of nature around us. Examples of older beadwork done by the Northeastern artists includes beaded bags with “raised beadwork” in a style known as “Niagara beadwork”. Much was done for the tourist trade but included beautifully done floral or animal designs. Four other types of beadwork that we have in our store are: 1) applique or flat stitch - done using two needles, 2) regular row flat lazy stitch, 3) peyote or gourd stitch, and 4) loom beadwork.
The size and types of beads also vary. For example many of the older bags contain beautiful colors such as robin’s egg blue, deep white centered reds, dark translucent greens, greasy yellow, and pumpkin colors. Some of these colors are not made today. Also, recent beadwork designs contain colors and styles of cuts that didn't exist years ago. Therefore, both the old-style and the beadwork of today have unique and beautiful features.
Close ups of bear with blueberries & various double curve designs signifying new life and renewal. Bears symbolize healing as it digs for medicine roots & plants & transformation as it sleeps all winter and awakens renewed.
Turtles represent our earth & calendar with 13 moons (12 months in between the moons) found on the turtle's back. The heartbeat is so strong - it symbolizes our planets life. It is said a turtles heart beats a long after it is killed. Turtles are special to PR - a hereditary family woman's name 2 generations ago - was "Little Turtle". PR's clan is Bear so the Bear is also important. Other designs can be ordered and done for bolos.
I've been using jewelers epoxy for the backs of these bolos rather than soldering them on. I found jewelers epoxy lasts longer and some solder joints do. If you need these to be silver soldered, make a request.
We usually have turtle, bears and heart pendants in stock. Each is different so we post photos of various ones, others such as Métis infinity or Kissing Otters are occasional by order. Anything that can be sketched can be put into silver as a pendant.
An example of integrating a cultural story into material art can be seen in Turtle Island Bounty. This hand-wrought piece in silver displays the bounty found on earth. Turtles represent the earth in many origin stories of the Woodlands. From the back of The Great Turtle spring many things, bringing nourishment & life represented here by the curls & double curve designs like the fiddle-heads of newly developing ferns.
From this life springs the blueberries, so important as food to the animals & people in Turtle Island. Berries on this silver piece represent this food of interest to the bears, symbolizing the land animals & clans of people. Also it represents healing as bears taught us medicines.
The hand cut out chain includes silver pairs of turtles & bears. It is a very light necklace. The Bears represent the animals that get their nourishment from the earth, and the blueberries represent the food itself – therefore the bounty. In the chain were also cobalt blue beads, that look like blueberries and are from the 1800's.
Silver Chasers & repoussérs, rarely found today. However this is the main method Paul-René uses for his better metal work. The metal used is either sterling silver or copper. Both of these metals have been traditionally used by American Indian peoples for hundreds of years. Much of the work done by the metal workers of the “mound Builder” cultures was by hammering – using chasing and repoussé methods. Most of Paul-René’s pieces are done in sterling silver while much of the North American art was done in copper.
Paul-René’s animals, flowers, and other designs are often crafted by chasing and repoussé. This involves the tracing of lines with homemade curved tracers of chasing tools and then raising (repoussé) these designs up by hammering from the backside with other home crafted tools. Repoussé is a technique that has been used by Amerindian artists for thousands of years on copper. Many examples have survived from the Mound Builders.
COPY OF A MISSISSIPPIAN DESIGN IN COPPER DONE BY PR
This technique was used in Mesoamerica in both gold and silver also. The copper bracelets and jewelry Paul-René makes are not covered with enamel, so they will turn the skin green. He has included copper bracelets because many people believe in the medicinal qualities of the copper salts next to their skins. For those who want to coat the bracelets, use two spray coats of acrylic.
All traditional brooches are worn, in part to help protect oneself from misfortune and to reflect back whatever comes from others. If other people’s intentions are good they will get back good from those wearing the broaches; if bad, the wearer is protected.
CONTINUING A FAMILY TRADITION OF METAL WORK
On Paul-René’s French side he is the great grandson of René Théophile de Quélin who was head of interior design for Louis Comfort Tiffany between 1895 and 1905 and his daughter Madeline who was also an artist.
Great-grandfather de Quélin used many religious and spiritual symbols in his art and decoration.
He worked in metal also, one of the best known is the bronze medal by de Quélin commemorating John Charles Fremont.
René de Quélin worked for both Augustus Saint-Gaudens (March 1, 1848 – August 3, 1907) nd Louis Comfort Tiffany (February 18, 1848 – January 17, 1933).