A posting by Malcolm Bob, BUSI Intern
While he is able to guarantee his sash belts a home, this practice of selling his work early has an effect on Dawayne. He stated that he sometimes doesn’t get to fully appreciate his piece of work because it already belongs to the buyer. He also said that he wish he could have more time with the sash belts to reflect on it and document it. Documenting has become a key project as part of his Navajo Cultural Arts Certificate program. In many of the classes, instructors constantly remind students to take pictures and build their artisan work portfolios. In efforts to build his portfolio he stated that he stated he has tried to track down his work (which our fancy new NCAP tags will help with in the future) to document it.
Dawayne has also spent some time in the program analyzing his supply and demand selling patterns. I was fortunate to work with him on his business plan. As we worked on the marketing section of his business plan, he told me he hopes to have an international client base. He wants to reach to people who want to learn about or collect Navajo and Native American arts. NCAP is just another tool for him to utilize to get him there.
Dawayne is conducting a Beading Workshop during the NCAP Navajo Cultural Arts Week. His workshop will be on Tuesday April 19, 2016, from 5 - 8:40pm in the NHC Building at Dine College.