Triia at its core is an e-consignment platform for selling Native American Produced goods, art and crafts. The purpose and goal of the program is to elevate and showcase the talents that our Native producers have. We want to provide a platform where an artist would have the ability to promote their work on a regional, national, and international marketplace, which would in turn support the growth and global competitiveness of Native American enterprises. We are not buying the goods but offering a place for current producers that have inventory and are looking for an additional place to sell their products. We will inventory the goods here at NADC and complete all the selling and shipping here as well.
I started making dolls after an oil refinery accident. I had lost control of some hand functions and used sewing, beading and painting for rehab. The first couple of years were developing a style and shape but finally I began to enjoy the creating. As an artist a day comes when someone says ,”you could sell these things”. There is a sharp curve between sell-able art and art. But things began to sell and pay off some bills. the next step was to begin to do Native Craft shows with my parents, who sold original bead work. The problem in those days for doll makers was you could not copy others designs. That meant I could not go to a museum and replicate anything I saw. So, I had to come up with my own designs. It was fun because I was not limited with fabric, beads or colors.
With my parents, I did shows coast to coast, vendors were friendly and if one artist did well they tended to buy from those doing slow sales. But then my parents got old and shows were not as fun.
Art has to express the artist to really flow. Circles become smudges that express the spirit of the piece. So is the art of doll making. Doll making is not just sewing fabric and filling it with something and yet that is exactly what it is. I make the dolls for the exercise for my hands but these days I just enjoy making them. For selling them… the future will unfold.