Connie W. Shaw

Nations Rising

Franklin, Tennessee

Connie, a native of North West, Tennessee, completed her education at the University of Memphis with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education with an endorsement in History. She taught at the University of Medical Sciences where she worked with verbally abusive, physically violent and autistic children. Connie traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America and the Middle East with her husband, capturing on film and video the indigenous people groups of these areas. It was during these travels she was taught traditional beading techniques by First Nations people. Her love of history and own Cherokee/Scottish heritage is expressed in her wearable art designs.

"The challenge of incorporating the old with the new has always intrigued me. As a person of Native American and Celtic decent combining the old with the new becomes a challenge. This art project reflects the honoring of tradition while incorporating the movement of the future. Life and art can be about both."Connie W. Shaw