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The Silverwork

At the threshold of autumn, the butterflies reappear: just for a moment, long enough to find each other, to mate, to produce their young before flying off to warmer climes. It is in the last warm days that their vision is realized, for it is this time that begins to fulfill the dreams of a late-summer […]

Before the snow flies, spirits of earth and sky dream Indian Summer dreams. Wings honors these visions and the spirits who dream them with his newest masterwork, a piece conceived in the deep symbolism of tradition and executed with 21st-Century élan. The focal point is a large, beautifully spiderwebbed rectangular cabochon of ultra-high-grade Black-Web Kingman […]

Thresholds and borders and spaces between serve to bring spaces together, whether seasons, time, or planes of existence. Wings honors this process of convergence with his latest cuff, wrought of sterling silver triangle wire hand-rolled and -milled into its own convergence of lines and forms, shapes and spaces. At the center, the silver rises into […]

We live now at a threshold, a moment between seasons and spaces. Wings captures its contradictions, the flow of its lines and permeability of its barriers, in this new cuff hand-rolled and -milled of heavy sterling silver triangle wire. The band itself is solid and substantial, with just the right amount of weight and heft. At its […]

Ribbon shirts  and shields and medicine wheels are adorned in the sacred colors of the earth spirits: the winds and the sacred directions, of the elements, of the sky and soil and plants and, yes, the waters. With this slender cuff made of hand-milled and -rolled sterling silver triangle wire, Wings brings together three silver […]

They are the stuff of dreams, spirit threads that form the warp and weft of vision and ceremony like slender, fragile filaments of light. Wings weaves them together in this delicate new cuff, the slimmest strand of solid sterling silver triangle wire, hand rolled and milled to three delicate threads in one: one raised to […]

It is a time of elemental change, Earth rising to link past and present and future in a sacred hoop of protection and survival. Wings links them in more tangible ways with this spectacularly complex cuff, one that fuses one of his very early pieces into a whole new work that honors elemental powers, sacred […]

When the lightning comes, it summons the elemental forces, renewing the world by the power of the storm. Wings pays tribute to its role with this new solid sterling silver cuff, rendered in heavy three-gauge cube wire. Deeply stamped linked bolts of lightning chase each other down the surface of the band, the blank space on the […]

Wind and water are two of the most potent elements of this place, forces that together hold and carry the power of the storm. Wings pays tribute to their combined power, and to the storm they create, with this new cube-wire cuff made of heavy three-gauge solid sterling silver. Vertical lines representing the winds are arrayed, […]

Our ways honor women, and the cycles of the natural world. Wings pays tribute to both, and to the small powerful spirits who serve as the royalty of the winds, the monarch butterfly: she who undergoes a process of metamorphosis to become an avatar, a leader of her kind. It begins with a pair of […]

In this place, the storm carries its own light. Wings infuses its powerful radiance into stones and silver in this old-style barrette, a domed and highly stylized concha-like accessory held in place with an elegantly jeweled pick. At the barrette’s center lies a free-form Skystone, Bisbee turquoise in the colors of the thunderstorm: deep indigo clouded […]

The world of dreams is one of endless possibility, a place where an open sky blossoms like a flower, petals reaching in all directions. Wings scales this vision of an infinite cosmos down to a size that can be held in one’s hand. It begins with an equally infinite hoop, a solid sterling silver band scored […]

The Water Bird is a spirit guide, sacred in the rites of the Tipi Way — a being known also as a Peyote Bird, for its role in the ceremonies of the Native American Church, also called the Red Road and the Peyote Way. It is one the symbols that speaks most deeply to Wings’s […]

The way of love is not a straight line, but a path around the hoop marked by sharp turns and detours and backtracks, by conscious efforts at conflict resolution and forgiveness, at peacemaking and the offering of an open heart. Wings honors the path, and the goal, with these new hoop earrings, bold crescents of […]

The square of the moon is one small equation in the algebra of light, a fraction of the heavens and a decimal point in the night, an elemental part of the mathematics of the cosmos. We sit at angles to her, gradients and curves that change with time and day and season, and still she remains […]

Wings’s newest work is a piece of layered complexity, in terms both material and metaphorical. With a nod to our indigenous cousins to the west, the Diné silversmiths and their famed naja necklaces, he honors the water that is life in the desert and the being that is light in the darkness in the form of […]

A pair of triangle-wire tributaries unfurl into flowing silver rivers with these new hoop earrings by Wings. Each is formed of a slender, delicate length of solid sterling silver, molded into a pyramidal apex. The angled sides are hand-stamped with traditional patterns: one, a small solid orb, full moon and sacred hoop and running water […]

Some of our fiercest battles are fought in and over dreams. Wings invokes the dream warrior and and the warrior’s art in this old traditional-style bow guard. It begins with a solitary concha from one of his old belts, a piece that has spent decades in his private collection: multiple layers of solid, heavy sterling silver […]

A broken arrow may signify peace, or merely a change in direction, but it still retains its power to protect. Wings has turned the motif into medicine, a talisman for warriors of all sorts. It begins with a solid vertical medallion of thick sterling silver ingot, cast into a freehand form. Pointing upwards through the […]

The earth warms and grows beneath the light. Wings honors both with this cuff made of sterling silver triangle wire, slender but solid. The apex of the band is accented with dozens of small stamps, rows and rays flanked on either angled side by a chased pattern of rising suns. At either end, the band […]

As in Grandmother Spider’s web, medicine is found in the sheltering sky: protection, healing, the holding of life itself by the webwork of clouds that carry the rain. Wings honors the power of sky and stormcloud, rain and web alike in this simple, elegant cuff. The band is formed of solid sterling silver triangle wire of […]

A shimmering silver river pools into three beautiful blue-green lakes in this brand-new cuff by Wings. The band is a solid sheet of sterling silver, hammered by hand in hundreds of strikes to create an effect not unlike light-dappled ripples on the surface of a flowing river. At the center, a large oval cabochon of […]

Life is born in the rain, between water and sky. Wings and his people have always known that water is life, that the rain is a gift, that the lake is a sacred space, and he honors all three in the traditional design of these new earrings. They take the form of mirrored lodges, sacred […]

We are peoples born of a red sun. Wings honors its life-giving, life-sustaining power with three slender strands of silver braided together, flowing outward from a fiery carnelian orb. The outer strands are formed of slim lengths of half-round wire stretched gently outward at the center and bisected by a delicate strand of twisted silver, […]

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