April 27, 2015

Buckskin to Bikinis: Interview with Felicia Ramirez-Nicosia

Earlier this month, I had the great opportunity to fly to New York for the opening of a new exhibit focusing on Iroquois wearable art. The exhibit, called Buckskin to Bikinis, is housed at the Iroquois Indian Museum, and I served as a consultant on the show.

I caught up with another consultant, Onandaga fashion designer Felicia Ramirez-Nicosia, and asked her a couple of behind-the-scenes questions about the exhibition, including her background, and her favorite pieces and moments. (We are pictured left, with awesome artist Leah Shenandoah, at the opening of the exhibit.) Scroll down to read our interview.

April 20, 2015

Buckskin to Bikinis: Interview with the Curator

I was just in New York for an opening of a brand new exhibit, Buckskin to Bikinis, which explores Haudenosaunee wearable art through pieces that range from feathered hats to beaded boots.

I had the opportunity to sit down with the curator, Colette Lemmon, and talk about some of the behind-the-scenes action for this show. An innovative new exhibit, I wanted to know where the idea for this show came from and how it developed. Scroll down to read our interview now.

April 15, 2015

Creative Frequencies: Interview with Warren Montoya

"An explosion of high-energy, positive creativity."

That's what comes to mind when I think about our upcoming event, Creative Frequencies. Beyond Buckskin is teaming up with the colorful artist collective, Rezonate Art, to bring you an exciting, multidisciplinary, multidimensional fusion of fashion, art and music during the week of the annual Gathering of Nations powwow in Albuquerque, NM. I hit up Rezonate leader and artist extraordinaire, Warren Montoya, for a quick conversation about our collaboration.

April 7, 2015

Buckskin to Bikinis: Haudenosaunee Wearable Art

Imagine corn husk boleros, beaded high heeled moccasins, flowing black buckskin, and powwow-inspired accessories.

Bikinis with Iroquois pottery patterns, a cocktail dress emblazoned with the Sky Dome symbol, a beaded turtle medallion, and a coat that tells a creation story.

This is the new exhibit at the Iroquois Indian Museum, titled Buckskin to Bikinis: Haudenosaunee Wearable Art.

April 3, 2015

PHX Style Mixer 2015

Last month, Beyond Buckskin teamed up with Presence 4.0 and Rezonate Art to bring our annual Style Mixer to Phoenix during the Heard Indian Market. I caught up with Presence 4.0 fashionista Jaclyn Roessel to discuss Native fashion and style. Scroll down to read more! >>

BB: Jaclyn! Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me about our recent event. This has been our third event in Phoenix and, I think, our fourth event working together. I remember our first event, which was a fashion/style show to help launch the new P4 website. I still remember the energy that was in the room that night- so spectacular! (See left.) What was your favorite memory from that first event?