Cherokee artist creates ‘for the fun of it’
A turquoise necklace, earring and bracelet set with silver spaces by Cherokee artist Sherri Hattori. COURTESY
Cherokee artist Sherri Hattori’s bone and horn tube necklace with a buffalo tooth pendant. COURTESY
A beaded necklace made with seed beads and ceramic turtles by Sherri Hattori. The spacers are pearl and silver. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation citizen Sherri Hattori has been interested in art for most of her life and has considered herself an artist since she was a child.
“I’ve been an artist since I was a kid… I was more of an artist and designer and design decorator,” she said. “Then I started doing stuff at school, in high school and in junior high. Drawing things, nothing Native, just drawing stuff.”
Hattori said she should have gone to college to further her studies in art and design, but was a stay-at-home mom instead. However, she’s continued her art as a hobby into adulthood.
She’s mostly focused on abstract art, but recently dabbled in jewelry design and making as a hobby and “for the fun of it”.
“I’ve never done jewelry before. So I started because I was watching a group, the Cherokee group,” she said. “I have a lot of friends like Tana Washington, and I’ve seen David Cornsilk starting it, so I just do it on the weekends as a hobby.”
She said she posted some of her jewelry on Facebook and people took an interest in purchasing what she had made. She said she never intended for her jewelry making to be a source of income, but welcomes the opportunity nonetheless.
“I started posting what I made and people started wanting to know how much they were and wanting to buy it,” she said. “So I thought ‘OK, well this is fun.’ I just do it for fun actually and if anything becomes of it, that’s great, but I’m just doing this for fun.”
Hattori said she’s donated a jewelry piece – a buffalo tooth necklace with bone and clay beads – to the Cherokee Phoenix as part of its quarterly giveaway drawings.
“I’m trying to get into that art, but I haven’t shown anything like that except the one,” she said. “I’m going to try to go into it because jewelry is fun.”
She said she’s a “normal everyday person” and hopes people enjoy the items she makes as much as she does.
“I think I know a lot of people out there, they know how I am,” she said. “I’m a very giving person, and if they can’t buy it I just give it to them, so it kind of defeats the purpose of trying to sell stuff. I mostly do it for fun, and if I can make some money off of it that’s cool, too.”
For more information on Hattori, visit her Facebook page.
The Cherokee Phoenix’s drawing will be Oct. 1. For every $10 spent on elder/veteran fund donations, subscriptions or merchandise, one entry is entered in the drawing.
For more information on the drawing, call Justin Smith at 918-207-4975 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or Samantha Cochran at 918-207-3825 or email email@example.com