Orlando Dugi at Colorado State University

Orlando Dugi at Colorado State University

November 17, 2019 0 By Kody Olson


– [Orlando] This is the kind of style beading that I learned
from my grandmother. It’s like this two needle tack stitch is what these are right here. So, my very first piece in this exhibit is actually using that same technique. In order for me to get detail that I like in flowers or whatever the imagery is, I need smaller and smaller, smaller beads, so you have sizes 15,
18, 20, 22, 24 and 26. And so a size 22 bead is about the size of a grain of sugar, and so 24
and 26 are smaller than that, and so the higher the
number the smaller the bead. And so I use a lot of those
micro beads in my work, just to get a lot of detail. And sometimes the needles
were not small enough, the eye of the needle, that
I had to take the needle off the thread and then
thread the bead by hand. I feel a little funny
about talking to students who are actually learning about design. It’s also kind of a
learning thing for me too, when people ask questions,
then it makes me really think about what I’m
saying and what I’m doing in real life, and put it
into words that people can really understand and translate why, how and why I’m doing what I’m doing, and where all the inspiration comes from. You know, there’s so
many stories in Navajo about the constellations and how the stars were placed in the sky. And looking up at the stars is something that I really put into my work because that’s why I like to use lots of sparkly beads and crystals, because, you know, they
move like in this exhibition at least that the
lighting is done so well, that everything starts to shimmer. And so that represents the stars for me. So this piece is basically about walking through a flower
garden just after it rained. You see all these little flowers and like, the sparkles from the raindrops from the sunlight hitting it. So when you walk through you can see little sparkles here and there and the little flowers are all hand cut. You’re taught to wake up with the sun, and you get up and prepare
yourself for the day, and you dress for the holy people so that they can bring
the blessings on to you. So but yeah, you can see there’s a lot of movement in there. Some of them are, I think
like 16, 12 inches long. And this is inspired by the cactus flowers so the coloring is really coming from the prickly pear, so that’s
where the inspiration for some of this design comes from.