Keri started working with leather and tanning hides at the age of nine. Over the years, she has developed her skills working with authentic materials using traditional techniques to create museum quality historical reproductions of the Native American Indian and the Fur Trade era.
For the Western Design Show, utilizing her talent with traditional materials and techniques, Keri has created a contemporary line of fashion and accessories. Inspired by American history and authenticity, Keri’s designs are original, stylish, and equally appropriate for private collection or to wear for an important occasion or casual evening out.
Professionally, Keri is a successful entrepreneur. She founded Teresis Media Management Inc. in 2003, Terescription in 2005, and Wind River Trading in 2010. She currently has three software patents filed in six countries. She and her husband Tom reside with their two dogs, Kuma and Kaya, in Irvine, California.
Hand Painted Elk Parfleche Card Case
The purse is made from Elk parfleche that was traditionally tanned using the same methods as the Native Americans i.e. brain tanned. It is softer than rawhide, but not as soft as fully tanned leather. It was painted with earth pigments mixed with egg white and applied with sharpened sticks which is a tradional technique. This small case is perfect for business cards or can function as a small wallet for cash and credit cards. It has a snap closure. The sides are sewn with real elk sinew.
Each case is signed by the artist. Hand tanned Elk Parfleche is only available today in very limited quantities. Items may vary from what is pictured based on the natural character of the leather and variances in paint and patterns. Requres 4-6 weeks delivery Dimensions 4.5" x 2.75".
Antique Bead Neck Pouch with Sterling Silver Tokens
Neck pouches historically carried items of use such as fire starter material or items of sentimental value. This hand made pouch is made from walnut dyed natural hand tanned (Brain tanned) deer leather. On the thick fringe are hundreds of rare antique trade beads. Inside the small pocket, approximately 1"x 1", you have the ability to store a personal item or one or more of our sterling silver engraved stones. Overall dimensions 3.5" x 3.5". The neck strap is adjustable.
Each item is made to order and requires 4-6 weeks delivery and may vary from what is pictured depending on the character of the leather and the availability of the antique trade beads. Please specify in the notes section of the order which token you would like to include with your order. One token is included with the purchase. Additional tokens can be purchased here.
Antique Trade Bead and Deer Antler Necklace
Suspended by a deer antler toggle are fringe tassels strung with antique trade beads. Many of these beads are orignals dating over 100 years old. The hand made necklace is hung on twisted brain tanned walnut dyed leather. It is 24 inches long. The clasp is an antique Indian head penny dated 1900 made into a button.
Each item is made to order and may require up to 4-6 weeks delivery depending on the availability of the antique beads. Items may vary from what is pictured depending on the character of the leather and the availability of the antique trade beads.