Michael Billie

Story behind the bundles

I was teaching a workshop at Harriette Tsosie’s  studio in Albuquerque. The workshop was on eco-printing. We had just gotten done steaming the bundles and we needed something to rest them on before unbundling. Harriette had this big white canvas that we used. I remember how much of an impact the white on the dark bundles had. The white canvas on dark bundles was such a strong composition that it stayed with me for sometime. The image stayed with me to the point of wanted to experiment with it. I had some eco-prints on silk that I wasn’t going to use in any projects and they were mostly waste and I didn’t want to toss them out. So I started shredding them and wrapping them in horse and buffalo hair. They looked sacred but I couldn’t really put my fingers on why. I had put a few images of the bundles on facebook when my sister made a comment of what they reminded her of.

"This takes me back to our elders, they wrap what they valued and what is sacred in a bundle and kept It close for protection and guidance."

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Janet Yellowhair 

That comment sold me and I knew I had to start incorporating them into my work. We all have secrets, loved ones and memories we hold close to our hearts.