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Carolyn Turner

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Name: Carolyn Turner 

Shop:   gitksanfire

Location: Edwardsville, Kansas


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Please introduce yourself to the readers:  

My name is Carolyn Turner Pappe, I am ½ Gitxsan (or Gitxsan) Native Indian which is a First Nations tribe in British Columbia, Canada. I was born and raised here in the states. I began doing bead work when I lived in our village on the reserve back in 1993. I am on disability due to back surgery I had done in 2002. I am married with all the kids grown and on their own. My husband retired at 55 a couple of years ago and if we can get our health back on track we love to travel.

carolyn-turner-3 How long have you been beading?

I have been beading for 20 years. I have been seriously doing embroidery beading for the last 3 years

When did you first try bead embroidery as  a technique? 

I started in 1993 doing bead work on moccasins and other leather projects such as mukluks, gloves etc.

carolyn-turner-1Why do you like bead embroidery?

Beading to me is not a craft. It is a form of art. I find it is extremely relaxing and therapeutic. As a Native Indian it is a huge part of our culture.

What are your inspirations and influences?

I try to find inspiration in all of nature. My influences of course is my cultural background.

What are your favorite materials?

For foundations I use Lacy’s stiff stuff.  I have used an iron on bonding/interface material to attach whatever backing I choose.  Sometimes this works better than gluing . I have used leather, faux leather, felt and other materials that are not likely to fray for the backings. I like to try and match the backing not only in color but texture to the top of the piece.  The backside should be interesting to look at as well.

carolyn-turner-2What defines your style?

I try to add  Native flair to a lot of my pieces, if not Native, then something that gives a sense of nature in some way.

What are your future goals with beading? My future goals are to just continue beading and try not to get stuck in a rut or burned out. I definitely feel that a goal we all should have is to share and teach others how to do bead embroidery. I love the idea of this guild, it keeps us all challenged to keep working and encouraging each other. The beadfests and mini beadfests are a great thing to keep our imaginations going. It’s always so interesting to see how others interpret the challenges. Additionally I would love to be able to sell some of my work. I am not doing this for the money though and since I look at this as a form of art, I would have to say I fall into the category of “Starving Artist”. It seems there are only a few who have made it into the limelight with their work and I am happy for that. If we all continue to pour our heart and souls into our creations, I have no doubt we will succeed in at least fulfilling the need to create and share our awesome imaginations with the world. After reading this last paragraph, I sound more like a philosopher than an artist. “Deep thoughts, by Carolyn Turner Pappe”. Enjoy.

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