Naiomi Glasses, textile artist, has an unbeatable turquoise collection
When it comes to outfits, Glasses lets its turquoise pieces shine on their own. “I could wear a plain t-shirt and a solid skirt, then I put on some jewelry, and that takes the outfit up a notch,” says Glasses. “When I wear my jewelry, people ask me where I’m going while being ‘fully dressed’. ”
Some of her favorite places to look for new parts are in the nearby town of Gallup, New Mexico. “A lot of people may not be aware that there are a lot of artists who live in or near Gallup,” says Glasses. “I will go to commodity stores that sell turquoise, coral and silver, and I will have the chance to meet artists there and place future orders with them. She also found amazing turquoise coins at the Santa Fe Indian Market and Heard Market. “My new favorite place is the RC Gorman Navajo gallery, which features Philander Begay jewelry,” says Glasses.
Glasses is always on the hunt for the next great turquoise find, and if anyone can find a rare piece, it’s her. But for now, the shopper needs to take a brief break; she has more weaving to do. “I’m focusing on what I’m going to weave for the next show, the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, which takes place in early March,” says Glasses. “There are also custom weaving orders that I’m doing. Seeing my brother Tyler’s poncho that he wove for the Santa Fe Indian market, I would also really like to touch on more wearable pieces in my weaving journey.