Wendy L. Savage Titles:
The Tobacco pouches;
- “MMIW Pouch - Releasing the power of the Thunderbird”
- “Lung Cancer Glyph” (in memory of my Father)
- “Breast Cancer Glyph” (in memory of my Mother)
- “Remembering Old Times”
- “Ojibway Landscape”
These drawings reflect many of the human emotions we go through in times of difficulty; surviving and dying from cancer, the loss of dear friends during the COVID pandemic, the missing and murdered Natives, and then celebrating the beauty of the world that surround all of us. There is a reminder to take care, honor and cherish the Earth we have been given. As an ovarian cancer survivor and loosing family members to cancer I have honored their lives’ by creating an original glyph for each.
Ojibway Floral designs, (Black background)
- “Fall Leaves”
- “Flowers & Berries”
- “Mother’s Day Blossom”
- “Spring Berries”
- “Spring Bud”
- “Spring Floral”
- “Abundance of Berries”
- “Summer Bloom”
Ojibway Floral Beadwork Designs
The Ojibway people are world famous for the beautiful floral patterns used in our beadwork designs. I have been doing beadwork and buying strands of beads since I was a teenager. All the multi-stands of tiny seed beads and their gem-like colors seduce me to this day.
As an artist I am drawn to the late 1800’s-1930’s style of Ojibway beadwork. I have spent years going to museums and doing historical research on Ojibway beadwork patterns. As a young Ojibway woman, I consulted many Elders in their individual style and beadwork process. It was a great honor to be formally mentored with respected beadwork artists. It is through many years of teaching that I have shared my process and passed my knowledge to others. This beading process and others creating their designs ensures the beading process will continue and the spirit of the Anishinabe designs will carry on for generations.
Wendy lee Savage is an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Reservation, the Lake Superior Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1986 and a Master’s Degree in Education, (in progress)
from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota. Wendy has received numerous grants and awards that include the Mattie Simons Advocate Award from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council in 2019.
She has over 40 years of arts and educational experiences. She taught at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Indian Studies Department at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, and was the first art instructor at the Fond du Lac Ojibway School.
She is a working artist with an extensive exhibition and commission record. Ms. Savage’s works of art have been displayed and awarded at both local and international levels. Her art career includes being an independent curator of the arts and artists of the Ojibway culture northern Minnesota. For over 17 years Wendy was part of the “Ojibwe Art Expo” planning committee. This Expo was the first exhibition developed solely for and by Native Americans in the United States. The Contemporary Native American art movement of the 70’s and 80’s included many of the artists from the Ojibwe Art Expo. Ms. Savage played an active part in this art movement.
Her artwork reflects a unique blend of traditional Ojibway art forms with a modern twist that incorporates new technology of today. Her artistic style bridges the past to the present, the traditional to the contemporary.
“Through my artwork I share my worldview. As an Ojibway artist in northern Minnesota, I have a rich culutral background to draw inspiration from. I am compelled to interpret the world around me. I have spent years researching traditional techniques. My art process works through traditional elements, merging past and present in articles of incredible beauty and originality. Art becomes a living process from one generation to the next.” Wendy lee Savage.