Thursday, August 18, 2011

"New Mexico Style" Touts Wanesia's Work and 2011 SWAIA Indian Market

Hey there!

Well, yesterday morning I did a LIVE interview on "New Mexico Style," which aired statewide. Max Early and I talked about our work, the competitiveness of SWAIA Indian Market and the artistic process. We had so much fun with host Kristen VanDyke!

Check out the link to the interview HERE:

If you're in Santa Fe tonight don't forget to stop by Fritz's show "Finished in Beauty" at the Poeh Arts Center at the Pueblo of Pojoaque. Visit for more information.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

SWAIA Indian Market, August 20th and 21st.

Everyone must come see us this year at the 2011 SWAIA Indian Market in beautiful Santa Fe, NM this weekend August 20-21, starting at 7:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Our booth number is SF 519 and I'll be featuring some stunning new birch bark cannisters and fabulous jewelry along with my son Mosgaadace Casuse, who is also showing off new jewelry and paintings.

I look so forward to seeing many of you and cannot wait to show off my new pieces as well as Moss's. See you this weekend at the Market!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Gearing Up for 2011 SWAIA Indian Market

Hey everyone!

Thanks for checking back to bask in the Essence of the Lake. It’s hard to believe that it has been six months since I launched my collection at the Heard Museum Guild’s Indian Fair and Market. Now, Fritz, Moss and I are getting ready for the 2011 SWAIA Indian Market, which will be taking place on the historic Santa Fe Plaza August 20 and 21. This year marks SWAIA Indian Market’s 90th year…amazing!

I am so exited about Market this year because I am in the process of creating some new, never-before-seen pieces that will thrill and excite. My jewelry took traditional birch bark designs to a new level, but what I am working on will really blow everything else out of the water, so to speak! Of course, I will also be offering many of the popular items that Market regulars have come to expect, but this year there will definitely be some special surprises.

So, please stop by our booth (#519) located in front of the Hotel La Fonda on Santa Fe Trail. We look forward to sharing our cultures and the work that has had us working furiously over the last few months. See you at SWAIA Indian Market!



Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wanesia Misquadace's Birch Bark Canister Earns 2nd Place at Heard Show

Wow! What a weekend! Fritz, Moss and I are back from the 53rd Annual Heard Museum Indian Fair and Guild and what a show it was! My Essence of the Lake Collection launched with much success. It was exciting to have people come by my booth with the Arizona Republic in hand to see my work. It couldn't have been more fun.

I also submitted a bracelet from the collection for judging. While not an award-winner, the bracelet turned out beautifully!

The icing on the cake was that my husband Fritz Casuse took 2nd Place in the "Jewelry and Lapidary" division and my birch bark canister took 2nd Place in "Diverse Arts." Now it has two ribbons--One from SWAIA Indian Market and this one from the Heard.

Check back regularly to my blog for updates on our lives and what's happening. Thanks for your support!


Monday, February 28, 2011

Arizona Republic Features Wanesia Misquadace in Heard Museum Show Preview Coverage

I'm so excited! Today, the Arizona Republic, the top paper in Arizona, featured an interview with me in a wonderful article written by Jennifer McClellan. The interview was part of a preview piece for the upcoming 53rd Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market which is taking place on March 5 and 6 in Phoenix. It was so cool to be able to share traditional Ojibway stories from my homeland, Fond du Lac, Minnesota.

Read Jennifer McClellan's article here and be sure to share it with your friends and family. Thanks!


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Friday, February 25, 2011

"Essence of the Lake Collection" to Launch at Heard Museum March 5

Welcome to my new blog everyone! I am so excited for the Heard Museum's Annual Indian Fair and Market this year, which will be taking place in Phoenix, Arizona Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6. While I have won awards in the past for my birch bark bitings, this past year at SWAIA Indian Market, I had the honor of placing 1st in "Diverse Arts" with my birch bark canister, made of birch bark, silver and precious stones, as well as Lake Superior pebble stones. I also had the double honor of placing 1st in the "Bracelet" division for my piece entitled Lady Slipper. It was both a thrilling and humbling experience for me, but I am very hopeful for an equally successful outcome at the Heard in 2011!

This year, at the Heard, I will be launching the "Essence of the Lake Collection," a new jewelry line with the high-tiered, fashion-conscious, fashion-forward collector in mind. This isn't your typical Native American jewelry collection. It transcends what most people think of when they hear Native American jewelry. While my life in the Southwest has to some degree informed the work, the "Essence of the Lake Collection" is truly a reflection of my indigenous cultural roots as well as contemporary artistic influences. These one-of-a-kind pieces will fuse the traditional concept of birch bark bitings and cutouts with representational floral designs embellished with precious and semi-precious stones, including diamonds, acquamarine, yellow topaz, garnets and more.

Be sure to stop by Booth I-07 on Saturday and Sunday to see what all the buzz is about. I'm excited to be the only female from a Northern United States tribe creating this work, and it is a pleasure to share it with you! See you at the Heard!



“I first became interested in birch bark biting when I discovered that my mother used to to do it,” said Misquadace. “Afterwards, I went out and harvested some birch bark. I sat outside and peeled the bark that I had just collected into the thin layers and connected with my mother, who passed away when I was a child. Now, my mother’s talent lives on through me and I can pass that tradition on to my son Mossimo.”

--Wanesia Misquadace