Angela Swedberg

Angela Swedberg is a tribally certified Indian artisan. She is nationally known for her bead and quill work and has practiced her craft since the age of five. Her original works are in the style of 19th century tribes from the Western Plains and Plateau and the Great Lakes region.

Angela Swedberg is also an expert conservator of old pieces, and restores 19th and 20th century American Indian bead work and quill work for both private and public collections. She has studied the artistic techniques and designs of the various tribes, which inspire her contemporary glass interpretations of traditional pieces. In addition to being a part of numerous private collections, her work has been used extensively by native dancers in the Plateau and Northern Plains regions.

In 2004, Swedberg was Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School, and in 2006 won the Hauberg Native American art scholarship there. She has been nominated for a 2008 Artists Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Her studies will include research and contemporary interpretation of 19th Century Native American and Cowboy horse gear art aesthetics.

Swedberg has had her work displayed in a traveling show “Old and New Masterpieces,” which featured original 19th century material juxtaposed with contemporary art. The exhibit was shown at the Charlie Russell Museum, the Glenbow Museum, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities, and the Sweeney Center in Santa Fe. The Russell and the Glenbow also have permanent purchases of her work. A dress she made was used for the advertisement of the show.

In 2007, Swedberg completed from scratch a set of late 19th century Nez Perce horse gear that will be on display for three years at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Angela Swedberg is meticulous in her adherence to authentic techniques and materials. All of her animal products are legally obtained. She collects most of her hides from trappers in South Dakota and New Mexico, who use traditional tanning methods. Her quills come from tree farms with a license to kill porcupines that can do extensive damage to timber. She orders genuine glass beads from France and Germany and scavenges for vintage flannel from old clothing. Swedberg makes all of her own paints from the natural mineral pigments of the plants she harvests and creates glue from the scrapings of animal hides, a byproduct of the tanning process. Swedberg lives in Port Orchard, Washington where she is an accomplished rider. She divides her time between her artwork and her horses.