O'siyo! Hello. My name is Tayler Gutierrez, and I am the hands behind the pieces you will see here at 'Kamama Beadwork. I am a mixed Cherokee artist. I grew up in the Northwestern corner of Washington State, and currently reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma and am studying fine art at the Institute of American Indian Arts. I love my culture, and am so proud of all the beautiful parts of my heritage. My art is one way that I keep my culture alive in my life. Some designs that you see here will be a contemporary interpretation of traditional beadwork, pottery, or basketweaving. And others, completely individual. Art is how I have always expressed myself, and through that expression has come healing and a huge source of happiness. I hope that you enjoy my pieces; they are created with much love! And that they bring joy to you when you wear them or gift them. Donadagohvi - Until we meet again.
'Kamama (kaw-mama) is the Cherokee word for butterfly. I like to include Cherokee vocabulary on the website here. Butterflies give us teachings about life and its difficulties; but also about how beautiful it can be. Each beaded piece is hand crafted by me, Tayler; transforming from raw materials into something new, more elaborate, with a story of its own. I try my best to source materials from places that I can trust. Most of those being local, but some by travel or through shops online. Wado for your support!
Logo by Keana Steinke of @larks_art