Native Jewelry Maker- Mike Bird-Romero, Pueblo
Bird-Romero has also been inspired by ancient petroglyphs, a motif reflected in the silver pins fashioned like human
forms. to some areas of the pins he adds stamping to create a contrasting texture with the highly polished sheen of
other sections. A deeply textured face gives way to elongated rectangular eyes. An outstretched hand holds a
slithering snake fashioned in fourteen karat gold.
Born into a family of artists, Bird-Romero's mother, Lorencita Bird, was a versatile weaver and an educator who
studied and learned weaving, embroidery and sewing techniques used in the various Pueblo villages in New Mexico.
Bird-Romero first experimented with jewelrymaking in high school, teaching himself other techniques in the years to
follow or learning from observation. Copyright 2012
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