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Contemporary Threads: Traditional Notions
Loriene Pearson

Photo credit: Tim Pearson

Loriene Pearson

Photo credit: Tim Pearson

Loriene Pearson, an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, is a talented emerging artist whose work in fiber arts pushes the boundaries of traditional Native American arts.  Following a career in the corporate world, and decades as a photographer, for the past few years Loriene has pursued her passion in the field of creative fiber arts.

She envisions her tactile artwork as a bridge between old and new. Drawing on traditional appliqué designs from Winnebago women’s clothing as guideposts, she uses mathematics and geometry to create reciprocity in her designs.  Loriene embroiders each piece of work by hand, instinctively selecting thread colors, while the stiches decide on their own where to be applied. 

Inspiration for her work comes from her relationship with the land, her family, and her Tribe.  Loriene is an avid reader who finds inspiration from Native American authors and poets. A large collection of photographs she has taken over the years, along with historical photos, often serve as the source of the patterns and designs used in her art.  Using these photographs as a reference, she draws the patterns for her textile works by hand before taking up the needle and thread.  The intention of her embroidery work is to merge contemporary threads and traditional ways to create new works of reciprocity and resilience, which can be seen in her works called MMIW: Break the Chain and I Am the Land.

Loriene Pearson

Image courtesy of the artist

Loriene Pearson

Image courtesy of the artist

Loriene’s work has been exhibited in multiple shows and venues including: the October 2022 American Craft Made Event, St. Paul, Minnesota, the 2021 Native POP Art Show, Rapid City, South Dakota, and the All My Relations Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She was awarded the Best of Emerging Artists award at the 2021 Native POP Art Show.  This exhibition marks her first solo show at a major museum. 

Prices for the artwork can be obtained by contacting The Journey Museum at (605) 394-6923.  To purchase artwork after the exhibit closes, please contact Loriene Pearson through her website https://lorienepearson.com/

Sky Woman, Turtle Island and the Three Sisters

Embroidery, Framed

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

Not for sale

 

Sky Woman, Turtle Island and the Three Sisters

Embroidery, Framed

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

Not for sale

 

This creation story is inspired by Robin Kimmerer’s “Braiding Sweetgrass”.  My abbreviated version is as follows: Sky Woman fell from the sky toward the dark water.  Geese broke her fall and held her with their soft feathers.  All the animals held a council to decide how to help her and turtle offered his back for her to stand on.  The council agreed she would need land to stand on, and mud was rumored to be deep under the water.  Many animals dove deep trying to bring mud up, but only lowly muskrat was successful even though it cost him his life.  Mud from muskrat’s fist was spread on turtles back, and Sky Woman danced in celebration casting the seeds she brought with her.  Sky Woman tended to the plants and there was plenty to eat for everyone.  Three sisters (corn, beans, and squash) grew in concert.
-- Loriene Pearson

MMIW: Break the Chain

Embroidery, Framed 26” x 35”

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$1,900.00

MMIW: Break the Chain

Embroidery, Framed 26” x 35”

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$1,900.00

MMIW: Break the Chain showcases indigenous resistance to violence through morphing my tribe’s appliqué patterns and elder stories.  Mirrored images using four colors represent women, death, violence and hope.  The chain links are many, with red and blue hands silencing these all-too-many missing sisters; except for one link which is broken, open and unsuppressed.  The profiles shape shift and women become eagles, their bodies and souls uplifted and totally free from violence.
-- Loriene Pearson

I Am The Land

Embroidery, Framed 26” x 18”

© 2021 Loriene Pearson

$1,200.00

I Am The Land

Embroidery, Framed 26” x 18”

© 2021 Loriene Pearson

$1,200.00

I have hiked and backpacked thousands of miles in my lifetime.  I love hiking through the mountains of British Columbia.  I love the smell of an Alaskan ocean.  But my home is in Minnesota, where forests and grasslands collide, and asters and goldenrod explode from the prairies.
-- Loriene Pearson

Alberta Sunrise

Embroidery, Framed 48” x 22 ½”

© 2021 Loriene Pearson

$2,100.00

Alberta Sunrise

Embroidery, Framed 48” x 22 ½”

© 2021 Loriene Pearson

$2,100.00

My Grandma Alberta was tall, lean, and warm hearted.  She passed away from cancer when she was only 48.  I was her first grandchild and even though she was poor, I was extraordinarily spoiled by her.  When she knew she was dying, she asked that her grandchildren be given our Indian names, and specifically, that I be given her Indian name.  Our shared name is “Woman That Walks at Night”.  When I was very little, she beaded me a necklace using these bright colors.  I still remember the cool feel of the beaded rope in my fingers.
-- Loriene Pearson

Aunties Dance

Embroidery, Framed 22” x 20”

© 2021 Loriene Pearson

$750.00

Aunties Dance

Embroidery, Framed 22” x 20”

© 2021 Loriene Pearson

$750.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh how beautifully and joyfully my aunties dance at pow wow time!
-- Loriene Pearson

Clans

Embroidery, Framed 20 ½” x 28”

© 2021 Loriene Pearson

$1,500.00

Clans

Embroidery, Framed 20 ½” x 28”

© 2021 Loriene Pearson

$1,500.00

Eagle, Bear, Deer, Snake
The remaining Winnebago clans are:
   • Thunderbird
   • War-people
   • Pigeon
   • Wolf
   • Water Spirit
   • Elk
   • Buffalo
   • Fish
I am Bear clan.
-- Loriene Pearson

First Dance

Embroidery, Framed 25” x 36”

© 2022 Loriene Pearson

$1,750.00

First Dance

Embroidery, Framed 25” x 36”

© 2022 Loriene Pearson

$1,750.00

The strong drum beat is fast, matching the rhythm of her young heart.
She is engulfed in color, movement, and the love of all her relations.
Holding tight to her father and her mother, she steps softly forward.
It is her first dance.
-- Loriene Pearson

Flag Raising

Embroidery, Framed 21” x 28 ¼”

© 2022 Loriene Pearson

$1,100.00

Flag Raising

Embroidery, Framed 21” x 28 ¼”

© 2022 Loriene Pearson

$1,100.00

Sunrise, ceremony and song honor our tribe’s warriors each morning before pow wow.  Only veterans tend to each flag and raise them skyward.  Some of the flags are faded and very old; the warriors long gone.  Some of the flags are new and the deep blues are indicative of a more current sorrow.  It is a solemn time of remembrance and gratitude.
-- Loriene Pearson

The Gossips

Embroidery, Framed 14 ¾” x 18 ¼”

© 2022 Loriene Pearson

$475.00

The Gossips

Embroidery, Framed 14 ¾” x 18 ¼”

© 2022 Loriene Pearson

$475.00

It’s hard to walk into a forest without bluejays instantly sharing news of your supposed trespass.  They have sharp eyes and a sharp raucous voice.  The Winnebago name for bluejay is Jejec (jay-jaych).  This trickster is the symbolic storyteller of the Winnebago people.  Some of his stories may not be so nice.
-- Loriene Pearson

Jen

Embroidery (set of two), Framed 20 ¾” x 34 ¾” each

© 2019 Loriene Pearson

Not for sale

Jen

Embroidery (set of two), Framed 20 ¾” x 34 ¾” each

© 2019 Loriene Pearson

Not for sale

I asked my sister to find some vintage spice tins for me.  She brought me several including Durkee’s ginger, Tone’s celery seed, Schilling’s mace and Ann Page’s allspice.  The colors that I used from the spice tins in this set are so warm and womanly, just like Jen.
-- Loriene Pearson

Moon Dance

Embroidery, Framed 23” x 54 ¼”

© 2021 Loriene Pearson

$2,100.00

Moon Dance

Embroidery, Framed 23” x 54 ¼”

© 2021 Loriene Pearson

$2,100.00

Native Winnebago appliqué patterns dancing on the moon.
First Quarter, Full Moon, Last Quarter, New Moon
Shine on!
-- Loriene Pearson

Mother

Embroidery, Framed 18 ¼” x 20 ¼"

© 2021 Loriene Pearson

$750.00

 

Mother

Embroidery, Framed 18 ¼” x 20 ¼"

© 2021 Loriene Pearson

$750.00

 

A first born snow is cradled
    Protected with a gentle embrace
       Like Mother Earth holding all of us
-- Loriene Pearson

Rivers and Grasses

Embroidery, Framed 17 ¾” x 27”

© 2021 Loriene Pearson

Not for sale

Rivers and Grasses

Embroidery, Framed 17 ¾” x 27”

© 2021 Loriene Pearson

Not for sale

Inspired by the poetry of Layli Long Soldier
“Whereas”
-- Loriene Pearson

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Birch

Birch

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$200.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) black, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 8" x 7" on each cloth.

Blossom
Blossom Hanger
Blossom

Blossom

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$300.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) 27" x 27" black, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 10" x 24 ¼" on each cloth.

Dance

Dance

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$200.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) 27" x 27" white, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 5" x 6" on each cloth.

Jingle

Jingle

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$200.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) 27" x 27" white, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 8 ½" x 5" on each cloth.

Neon

Neon

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$200.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) 27" x 27" gray, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 8" x 7 ¼" on each cloth.

Birch

Birch

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$200.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) black, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 8" x 7" on each cloth.

Blossom

Blossom

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$300.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) 27" x 27" black, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 10" x 24 ¼" on each cloth.

Dance

Dance

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$200.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) 27" x 27" white, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 5" x 6" on each cloth.

Jingle

Jingle

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$200.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) 27" x 27" white, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 8 ½" x 5" on each cloth.

Neon

Neon

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$200.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) 27" x 27" gray, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 8" x 7 ¼" on each cloth.

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Reach

Reach

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$200.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) 27" x 27" gray, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 9 ¾" x 5 ¼" on each cloth.

Sage

Sage

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$200.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) black, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 10" x 7" on each cloth.

Spring

Spring

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$200.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) 27" x 27" gray, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 10 ¼" x 7" on each cloth.

Turquoise
Turquoise Hanger
Turquoise

Turquoise

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$300.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) 27" x 27" black, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 10" x 25" on each cloth.

Winnie

Winnie

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$200.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) 27" x 27" black, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 9 ¾" x 4 ½" on each cloth.

49

49

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$49 x 2 = $98

Hand embroidered design on (2) black, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 9 ½" x 7" on each cloth.

Reach

Reach

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$200.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) 27" x 27" gray, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 9 ¾" x 5 ¼" on each cloth.

Sage

Sage

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$200.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) black, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 10" x 7" on each cloth.

Spring

Spring

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$200.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) 27" x 27" gray, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 10 ¼" x 7" on each cloth.

Turquoise

Turquoise

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$300.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) 27" x 27" black, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 10" x 25" on each cloth.

Winnie

Winnie

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$200.00

Hand embroidered design on (2) 27" x 27" black, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 9 ¾" x 4 ½" on each cloth.

49

49

Embroidery (set of two)

© 2020 Loriene Pearson

$49 x 2 = $98

Hand embroidered design on (2) black, 100% cotton, flour sack cloths.  Embroidery is on the bottom with approximate dimensions of 9 ½" x 7" on each cloth.

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