Earrings by Nanibaa Beck (Diné). Design by Jeff Slim (Diné).
I love what J wrote from his blog about our recent collaboration:
It’s a collaborative series between two friends. Basically winter fun and an expansion of each others’ general creative format. Nanibaa is pulling from her work experience in her father’s shop and has grown into her own unique style. Simple, sassy, and mini saws. As for me, it’s an opportunity to work beyond stencils on photographs and UPS slaps. I decided to create mini depictions of Navajo creation stories I’ve read and heard. Rather than constructing random doodles, designing with a meaning was a challenge. I have nothing against spontaneity, it’s those arbitrary lines that fill the void beautifully. But for this series, I wanted to do more with the limited space an earring has to offer. I feel Nanibaa would concur.
I do concur. It was something that was bound to happen.
As with the price of the necklaces, the brass version of the earrings are affordable and available for purchase. The sketches show a small bezel inlay on the hook for the silver and gold earrings, only. All three versions of the earrings are light and have a soft finish.
Here is a brief description of the story the earrings depict, as told by J:
“The bottom of the earrings of are waves from the flood in the third world that forced the beings of the 3rd World to emerge to the 4th. The center is the female reed that transported the beings to the 4th world… A world of light, hence the sunshine at the top. The third world was dark.
The earring is shaped like a locust because it was the first being to emerge into the forth world and it was that being who got acceptance from the beings of the forth world to approve of the migration of beings from the 3rd world.”