Mark Fischer Catalog - page 23

Mark Fischer
August 2015
Page 22
Inspired by the beautiful rainbow of colors seen in many
Oneida women’s outfits, whether traditional or fancy, we
chose to name this piece “Rainbow”. During the 1880’sand
early 1900’s, Oneida women earned an important part of the
family income by selling their artwork to non-Natives at
tourist’s centers. Oniedas and other Iroquois created a new
style, which featured floral designs composed of glass beads in
every color. Raised beaded designs were applied to new
shapes such as handbags, pincushions, needle cases, and wall
pockets. Most of these meticulous creations were intended to
be worn as accessories to women’s clothing or displayed in
Victorian parlors. The method by which a build-up decorative
surface was applied to an object was entirely traditional.
Oneidas regarded bead working as a gift from the Creator to
teach patience and humility and to be shared. The Oneidas are
one of the only Woodland area tribes to use pink and purple in
addition to primary colors…therefore utilizing all the colors of
the rainbow.
Garden Sculpture
77” x 30”
20” x 8” x 3”
We give thanks to the spirit of waters for our strength of
wellbeing. The waters of the world have provided many things.
They quench our thirst, provide food for the plant life, and are
the source of strength for the medicines we need.
(Iroquois Prayer of Thanksgiving)
Garden Sculpture
76” x 32”
1...,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22 24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,...36
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