Showing For: July, 2011

RAVEN AND THE BOX OF KNOWLEDGE: Preston Singletary for Pendleton

Preston Singletary was commissioned to create the 2011 American Indian College Fund Blanket for Pendleton Woolen Mills.

In March of this year, Pendleton Woolen Mills unveiled their newest blanket in their American Indian College Fund Series.  Raven and the Box of Knowlege was designed by Preston Singletary.

From Pendleton’s website:  ”This intriguing blanket is based on a work by internationally renowned glass artist Preston Singletary. Mr. Singletary grew up in the Pacific Northwest – both of his great-grandparents were full-blooded Tlingit Indians. His works explore traditional images and legends of his Tlingit heritage translated into glass. The image on this blanket represents Raven, a shape shifter and trickster who often employed crafty schemes to achieve his goals. In the story, the old chief who lived at the head of the Nass River kept his precious treasures – the sun, the moon and the stars – in beautifully carved boxes. Raven steals the light, and making his escape carries the sun in his mouth. The sun is a metaphor for enlightenment or knowledge. The ombred background shades meet in the center in vibrant colors of sun and light. Mr. Singletary’s artworks are included in museum collections from the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC to the Handelsbanken in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Seattle Art Museum. A portion of the proceeds from this blanket will be donated to the American Indian College Fund to help support tribal colleges. Unnapped. Felt-bound. 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton. Dry clean. Made in the USA. 64 x 80 inches.”

Click here to order one for yourself!

American Indian College Fund
The American Indian College Fund raises money for 32 tribal colleges that serve 30,000 students representing 250 native tribes. The fund disburses approximately 5,000 scholarships annually for American Indian students seeking to better their lives through continued education. The tribal colleges play a vital role in the futures of Native American people, our country and, ultimately, people everywhere. For over 100 years, Pendleton Woolen Mills has maintained a mutual respect for our original customers, Native Americans. That is one of the many reasons we are pleased to support this important philanthropic partnership. When you purchase any blanket from our American Indian College Fund Collection, a portion of the proceeds goes to help tribal colleges throughout the country. To find out more about the American Indian College Fund, call 1-800-776-3863, or visit

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Preston's installation at the Wing Luke Museum on display through September 18, 2011.

Earlier this year, Preston was invited to participate in an exciting exhibition at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, entitled Cultural Confluence - On display through September 18, 2011.

From the Wing Luke website: “The historic legacies and contemporary lives of people who are both Asian and Native American come together for the first time in this exhibition. Through a mix of contemporary art, new media and storytelling, Cultural Confluence explores what it means to be Native in the city at a time when nearly two thirds of Native Americans live away from their tribal reservations and ancestral homes.”

Inspired by curio shelves and collectors of Native Art from the early 20th Century, Preston created a unique installation of glass work, items from his personal collection of “Indian Kitsch,” hand tinted enlargements of vintage postcards, and a hand tinted portrait of Preston in Tlingit regalia by Russell Johnson.

Also included is the first proof-blanket off the loom from his collaboration with Pendleton Woolen Mills, which you can learn about in the next blog post!

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New commission installed at Seattle University!

Last Friday, July 8, Preston and his friend/colleague Joe Benvenuto installed his latest commission at the A&A Building at Seattle University.  You can see it on the new building at 12th Avenue and Marion Street on Capitol Hill.

From the future plaque, to be dedicated in September:

Preston Singletary (Tlingit, b. 1963)
Transformations, 2011
7.5 feet x 5.5 feet
Water jet-cut aluminum, powder coated enamel, water jet-cut flat glass, and steel
Commissioned by Seattle University
This piece is an abstract composition that highlights the flow of the lines, shapes, and methodical patterning within the Northwest Coast design system known as formline.  These design elements have been used for centuries by the culture to represent the natural world in carved and painted objects.

Here, the shapes and lines are showcased in a monumental fashion, removed from the traditional figurative portrayals of animals; this serves to highlight the concept that these elements are at the root of the design system and show that their power and beauty transcends representational composition.

The colors of this piece are derived from the traditional palette of Northwest Coast art: red and black. The yellow and blue come from the Chilkat weaving tradition, and are inspired by natural plant- and mineral-based pigments, which are used by the peoples of the Northwest Coast.

In addition to his Northwest Native cultural heritage, Singletary derives inspiration from decorative and modern art from the 1930s and 1940s, Primitivism and contemporary art.

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We’ve just updated our website to bring you current news, events, and information about Preston Singletary’s glass art.

We’ve just updated our website to bring you current news, events, and information about Preston Singletary’s glass art. 

We’ll be updating throughout the year with images of new works, announcements for exhibitions, demonstrations, gallery shows, and news from the studio!

Blue Cormorant, 2012

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