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Mary Jacobs

Mary Jacobs Designs

Springtime Red Floral Picture Frame

Seneca Nation of Indians


MAR 816

My name is Mary Jacobs, member of the Seneca Nation, Turtle Clan. I reside on the Cattaraugus Territory in Irving, New York. Inspired by my surrounding environment in upstate New York, and my own Haudenosaunee cultural history, I create traditional Iroquois Raised Beadwork. Through research of antique creations, my work includes traditional patterns and designs. While using elements such as artisan glass, semi-precious and precious stone beads, I create floral woodland designs on textiles and leather. My pieces tell a story. The most enjoyable of my pieces to make is the pin cushion beaded bird. Once a traded tourist item along the Niagara Falls region, I have given it a modern design aesthetic with bright colors and quality materials. With my knowledge and experience, I also share my teachings to members of my community through lectures, displays, and classes. While inspiring others in the art of beadwork, I hope to revive and expand others understandings of my native culture .