Melinda is an American artist and citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation with Austrian-American ancestry, who now lives and works on Dartmoor in the UK.
This piece is an example of machine applique and embroidery on linen fabric.
Old shell gorgets were worn around the neck by ancient Muscogee, and date up to three thousand years old. Molluscs, like the purple mussel freshwater shell, were engraved with motifs, such as the sun in this example, and were found in settlement sites in Oklahoma.
This object is not on display.