Tlingit artist Harmony Hoss has sold her work at Pike Place Market since 2007. A Seattle native, Harmony is entirely self-taught and her intricate prints and beadwork are drawn freehand using pen and ink, acrylic paint, and colored pencils. Amazingly, she doesn't use any rulers or straight edges in her work.
Harmony got started as an artist in 1994 selling T-shirts with her designs at the Daybreak Star Center Seafair Pow-Wow. "This experience was amazing and I knew it was something I wanted to continue to be a part of," she says.
Harmony's beaded "Raven Portrait," shown above, was accepted into the 2015 IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts exhibition at the Washington State History Museum. This incredible piece is just 8 by 15 inches but contains approximately 50,000 beads. It will be on display at the museum from July 16 through August 30.
"What drew me to beadwork over the other media is its beauty," Harmony says. "Beadwork is an artform performed by women for hundreds of years. There's a lot of power in it."
In creating the piece, Harmony used the "peyote stitch, a much slower process using only a needle and thread." You can view Harmony's art online as well as at our crafts market in the Main and North Arcade.