This piece I call “the reimagined thunderbird necklace,” LeJeune Chavez said. “I used tiny cut beads, size 13 and 15, to get the detail of the thunderbird. I used colors that represent the stones that were used back in the 1920s and ’30s on the Santo Domingo Pueblo thunderbird necklaces.” (Courtesy of Lejeune Chavez )
LeJeune Chavez paints with beads.
The Santo Domingo Pueblo (Kewa) artist combines beads, stones and silver to create miniature tapestries of needlework in glass.
Chavez is one of 450 artists who juried into the Santa Fe Indian Market-turned-virtual because of the pandemic at swaia.org.