Weaver Selina

    My name is Weaver Selina. I am a silver overlay jeweler with over 40 years of experience and a member of the Hopi Tribe, born of the Sunforehead Clan from the village of Shungopavi, Arizona. I acquired the basic knowledge and skills of Hopi silver craftmanship through study with our local Master Craftsmen Instructors Bernard Dawahoya, Eldon James, and Manuel Poseyesva. Much of my work is a credit to these men who taught the art of silversmithing at "The Hopi Crafts Shop" in Kykotsmovi, Arizona.

    I have been affiliated with the Hopi Co-Operative Guild in Second Mesa for 26 years. Throughout these years, I developed my own unique style and designs of Hopi silver overlay jewelry. As an artisan of many years, I have created my own methods and techniques which I incorporate into my work. I design all types of silver overlay jewelry, from pendants to concho belts.

    My hallmark as a Hopi overlay silversmith is a rising sun (or sunforehead). I have won many awards and my jewelry is in the permanent collections of the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Arizona, as well as in private collections throughout the United States and in Japan and Germany.

    Silver overlay jewelry is distinctive of Hopi silversmiths and is made by tracing a design on a sheet of silver and then cutting it out by hand with a jeweler's saw. That sheet of silver is then soldered onto another piece of silver. The open areas on the bottom layer are textured using a small punch and hammer. The assembled piece is trimmed, contoured, hammered into final form, and the design oxidized to produce the beautiful shadows and shadings. The final step is to buff the top surface to either a matte satin finish or bright polish.