Hówašte Artist: Danielle Hudspeth

February 28, 2020



Danielle Hudspeth

“Someone said that I’m a spooky character because I like everything that is spooky and creepy,” artist Danielle Hudspeth says, laughing. “So, I think that’s probably where a lot of inspiration comes with my beadwork.” Danielle makes a conscious effort to stay true to this unique aesthetic, creating standout beadwork pieces that feature bright colors and stylistic elements drawn from her love of video games and movies.


Though she also draws, paints, and sculpts, Danielle has recently focused most of her creative energy on beadwork, which she first learned in a Lakota art class at Oglala Lakota College. “I thought, this is really nice and stress-relieving, and I wanted to learn more. So I really got into it, and now I just have a crazy amount of beading supplies that I’ve built up over the years.” Danielle’s colorful style often features green and yellow, her favorite colors, but she says her color choice for any given piece just depends on how she is feeling at the time.


Beaded Earrings


While growing up, Danielle and her siblings moved around quite a bit, following her father’s employment opportunities as a police officer. As a result, she attended many different schools, but ultimately attended Red Cloud for high school, and graduated in 2008. Returning to Red Cloud to enter the Red Cloud Art Show for the first time has been a pivotal experience for her, both personally and artistically. “Entering this year, it was something that I kept working up to do, and this year it came full circle. I thought, now is the time you’ve got to shake off all the rest. It was kind of a breakthrough for me from what was going on in my personal life, and just an amazing feeling to get back to what I really like to do.” This year, Danielle’s entry into the show was a graphite pencil drawing. She sees this piece as “a step forward for me, back into doing this type of artwork that I like to do.”


Danielle’s reentry into the arts has given her a clarity of purpose, with a focus on creating pieces that are truly a means of self expression, rather than just pieces that are likely to sell. “At the end of the day you’ve got to do what you love to do. We all want to be happy in one way, shape, or form, and art’s where it’s at for me. So, I’m going to do stuff that I like to do and I don’t know if anyone else will like it, but if they do, then cool.”





Photos © Red Cloud Indian School 


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