October 31, 2010

Changing the Face: Celebrated Female Fashion Designers and Textiles Artists


Changing the Face: Celebrated Female Fashion Designers and Textiles Artists

(SANTA FE, NM) Native Modern: Contemporary Native Art and Design Exhibit Series is a collaborative project between Legends Santa Fe and Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA). SWAIA and Legends Santa Fe seeks distinctive and previously untested ways of bringing Native artists together from across cultures, media and themes. The shows, like Indian Market, are at once traditional and brimming with innovative ideas. The result is the presentation of Native art unlike anything else in Santa Fe.

The fifth and final show of the collaboration will feature celebrated female fashion designers and textile artists including:

•Melissa Cody (Dine)
•Amber Gunn Gauthier (Ho-Chunk Nation/ Menominee Nation)
•Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo)
•Penny Singer (Dine)

The work of these accomplished artists represent the transition and adaption of Native imagery with traditional textile and weaving methods into contemporary Fashion. Patricia Michaels, for example, is the 2010 winner of the Santa Fe Indian Market's Textiles Classification. Competing against traditional Native textiles, her winning piece signaled the ever-expanding possibilities of this ancient art form. Collectively, these visionary textile artists represent the very best in the genre.

The Native Modern: Contemporary Native Art and Design Exhibit Series at Legends Santa Fe is a bold and unmatched collaboration. With SWAIA's evolution continuing to redefine the parameters of Native art, paired with one of Santa Fe's premiere and most adventurous galleries, the Native Modern Series has set the standard for the presentation, promotion and possibilities in contemporary Native art.

Who: Legends Santa Fe and the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA)
What: Native Modern: Contemporary Native Art and Design Exhibit Series presents "Changing the Face: Celebrated Female Fashion Designers and Textiles Artists"
Where: Legends Gallery: 143 Lincoln Ave. Santa Fe, NM (505) 983-5639
When: Friday, November 5, 2010 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
How Much: Free

For more information or interview requests, please contact
Gabe Gomez, (505) 983-5220 or ggomez@swaia.org

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