In a 2005 edition of Thirst for Survival, a publication of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, Tim and Trini added the following
information: "I (Tim) started making jewelry 22 years ago, I knew very little about it. My first attempts at being a silversmith were on pieces of tin. I used tools loaned to me by the manager of
the guild to create patterns and designs. Within two weeks, I had graduated to making those same designs on 4 by 6 pieces of silver. In Hopi overlay jewelry you will find that each artist has their own
style of cutting and designing. But we all find inspiration in daily life, nature, pottery and even petroglyphs. Overlay silverwork is simply a transfer of traditional artistic expressions to the
silver. The design on a piece of jewelry revolves around the culture."
(Trini) "Growing up watching my father, Glen Lucas, who was a very famous artist and silversmith, I never thought that I would
one day be making jewelry too. I watched him work then and I look at his pieces now and I am amazed at the things he was able to create. Like may husband, I have been making jewelry for 22 years.
Inspiration comes from just about anything. Sometimes I might start with paper and then draw my designs on silver. But we rarely use patterns in this way. What I have found is you will never know
how the finished product will look until you experiment. Sometimes just looking at each other's work, we get inspired. Inspiration just comes to you naturally if you have an interest in art.
Sometimes I am asked, "Why is Hopi jewelry so popular?" I think it is because of the meaning of the pieces. People are able to identify with the images in the piece. It speaks to them. They
may be searching for something and they see the right answer in the piece that means something to them."