You might have heard us speak of her in different live launches and such, but as we feature her pieces more and more, we want to give you a quick introduction to this Navajo jewelry artisan and her beautiful beads.
We met Rethema “Thema” Tsosie somewhat by happy accident. Well, by proxy, anyway.
“When we were in New Mexico shooting for Adirondacks, we were able to coordinate to shoot sweet Penelope Joe, the darling Navajo model who reached out to us about wanting to work with us,” Cheryl explained. “And Thema is Penelope’s mother, so she accompanied her to the shoot, and while Penelope was in hair and makeup, we got to do a lot of visiting with her and learn that she, too, is a creator.”
Creative talent clearly runs in the family. If you recall, Penelope Joe is a remarkable artist, an award-winning painter, and one of the youngest artists ever entered into the Santa Fe Indian Market. Thema also comes from a long line of jewelry artisans.
“My dad was a really good stamper until he got sick,” Thema said. “We come from one of the master stampers, actually.”
But Thema’s main focus is beading.