Talented Silversmith Lyle Toledo Yazzie has been creating unique overlay jewelry for over 20 years.
Formerly a Park Ranger, he is also a returning student who went back to college. His hogan-home is located in the Chaco Basin of North Western New Mexico where he gets his design inspiration from the Chacoan prehistoric rock art. The combination of his rock-art inspiration and traditional Navajo iconography results in culturally anchored and stunning wearable art. Currently Lyle is exploring new design concepts with his motifs and sensual-erotically spirited themes. He is experimenting with bold politically inspired collage art, often canvased on recycled postcards and these collage pieces rouse conversation.
Collectors fortunate enough to obtain his American Indian design jewelry say they especially appreciate his work because it gives them a personal connection to these rich cultures and others say his work gives them an edge to life. Mr. Yazzie’s Chaco Canyon inspired silver concho belt won first place at the Navajo Nation Fair in 2010, his work is available in New Mexico, Arizona, California and now Internationally.
Lyle is also the American contact for Indigenous Brilliance partnering with the other organizers in making the selection of the participants. He was instrumental in helping promote the individual artists and the concept of Indigenous Brilliance.I am a full time Silversmith, Rancher and teacher of jewelry fabrication. I have been creating silver jewelry for nearly 20 years and live in the heart of the Chaco basin from where I get my design inspiration. I have worked as a National Park Service Ranger and as a teacher at Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts. I have had the opportunity to study the Chacoan rock art images, and as a Dine’ I understand and embrace the Navajo iconography. In my wearable-art and overlay jewelry I use prehistoric and contemporary Native American designs to provide the wearer with a personal connection to these cultures. I also make collages based on our peoples place in modern society.
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