June 19, 2014

Printed Village Scarf Competition

Fabric flowing, emblazoned with ancient designs painted in bright contemporary colors - scarves in peach geometric patterns or blue organic forms to wrap around and bring the ancient ones back from beyond.

This is the goal of Printed Village's new scarf design competition.

Each month Printed Village holds a contest and the winning design is then transformed into scarves for small boutiques and big retailers like Nordstrom, Anthropologie, and Barneys.

June 9, 2014

Putting Artists in the Center: The Indigenous Fine Art Market

Santa Fe has long been an arts mecca. It is an inspiring place - the environment itself is stunning, but the people there are also interesting, creative, and open-minded. It's no surprise then that Santa Fe lays claim to the biggest gathering of Native American artists: every August, thousands of Native artists come together to participate either directly in the annual Santa Fe Indian Market (headed up by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts) or indirectly, participating in the numerous periphery events happening on the fringes.

June 2, 2014

Etkie: Invest in Women

A single beaded bracelet, wrapped around your wrist. A beautiful symbol of resilience, survival, creativity. The beads, perfectly structured, loomed, straight lines, a collection of colors harmonize. These patterns are electric - they hold stories; these colors are vibrant - they capture spirit; these concepts are ancient - they hold our heart.

May 19, 2014

"Taller Flora" Book Review

Indigenous fashionI am reading Taller Flora - a book compiled by fashion artist Carla Fernández. I first became aware of Fernández's work on my recent trip to the East Coast when I took a day trip to Boston and visited Fernandez's fashion exhibit. Though it was a small show, it had a great impact on me. The exhibit was titled Carla Fern├índez: The Barefoot Designer: A Passion for Radical Design and Community and explored how the traditions and techniques of Indigenous Mexican artists can be applied to modern fashion and styles.

April 26, 2014

Native Fashion Design on Display

I am in Massachusetts. I'm here for meetings at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem about an upcoming fashion exhibition. Curated by Karen Kramer, this exhibit will look at Native American-made fashion from the 1950s to the present.

So far, the exhibit is slated to showcase 80-100 individual pieces of wearable art by diverse designers from throughout the US and Canada. It will be the biggest and most comprehensive Native fashion exhibit to date and will undoubtedly change how Native-made fashion is perceived, valued and displayed.