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Beads are my teachers and my friends. I fought many tough lessons against some with my needle and thread but through the blood and tears came triumph and joy.
— Cynthia Masterson

cynthia masterson

 

TRIBE: Comanche

MEDIUM: Beadwork

LOCATION: Seattle, Washington

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2015 ARTIST IN BUSINESS LEADERSHIP FELLOW

 

Cynthia is a self-taught beadworker, born and raised in Oklahoma, working with the Southern Plains style of three-drop gourd since 2003.  

Three-drop gourd is a bead weaving technique done one bead at a time around cylindrical objects. The patterns are mathematically based and the designs are impossible without a lot of calculating, counting and re-counting before starting a project.  This style is traditional to Southern Plains tribes and is used on dance regalia, ceremonial items & everyday objects. 

"Beads are my teachers and my friends. I fought many tough lessons against some with my needle and thread but through the blood and tears came triumph and joy. They’ve shown me how to sit quiet and be still, but also how to go into the world with an understanding of who I am. Endless lessons remain as I continually learn patience, determination, and renewal."