Friday March 1 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
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Watch our models walk the Heard catwalk in creations by these amazing designers of wearable art.
Loren Aragon (Acoma Pueblo), Booth # E-15, women’s couture evening wear. Phoenix Fashion Week’s 2018 Designer of the Year. His brand, ACONAV, combines Acoma Pueblo art and culture with luxury designs.
Venancio Aragon (Navajo), Booth # A-26, weaver. He weaves satchels that represent wearable Navajo textiles as timeless tapestries for a new era.
Gerard Begay (Navajo), Booth # B-03, weaver. He weaves wearable art, including ponchos, that appeal to younger collectors.
Tina Benavente (Coushatta Nation of Louisiana), Booth # E-09, clothing. Her color choices and use of texture are influenced by the fusion of her cultures, Koasati heritage from Louisiana and Chamoru from the island of Guam.
Darylene Martin (Navajo), Booth # E-02, clothing. She is inspired by the unconventional use of materials and thinking about how to incorporate Native/indigenous vibe into her designs.
Beverly Bear King Moran (Standing Rock Sioux), Booth # D-26, traditional buckskin dress. Her work symbolizes her respect and love of her grandmother and the Lakota way of life.
Sage Mountainflower (Ohkay Owingeh, Taos Pueblo), Booth # F-05, clothing. Her look is inspired by the pink wave (pink is power) for women who have taken on leadership roles representing native people and communities.
Tahnibaa Naataanii (Navajo), Booth # B-48. weaver. She was inspired by the early Navajo jewelry designs of Fred Harvey motifs. Her “TahNibaa Shawl” received the Best of Show Award at the 2018 Gallup Ceremonial Show.
Summer Peters (Saginaw Ojibwe Tribe of Michigan), Booth # J-05, beadwork. She often beads flowers, leaves, berries and other foliage found in a Great Lakes forest in the Ojibwe-style.
Kendra Redhouse (Dine), Booth # C-26, beadwork accessories. Kendra’s inspiration comes from growing up dancing the graceful jingle dress style at Pow Wows. She incorporates beadwork and embellishments into everyday wear
Laura Shurley-Olivas (Navajo), Booth # A-36, dresses. She continues a tradition of dressmaking inspired by her native culture and influenced by her grandmother and aunts who were always elegantly attired in traditional dress and silver & turquoise jewelry.
Michelle Tsosie Sisneros (Santa Clara Pueblo), Booth # D-18, women’s wear. She designs most of her fabrics by transferring her original artwork digitally onto various fabrics, as well as hand painting.
Dawn Spears (Narragansett), Director of the Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance and Producer, Abbe Museum Indian market, Booth # A-07, hand-painted women’s wear. Drawing on her northeastern woodland culture, Dawn’s contemporary style and free-hand abstract design work incorporates vibrant colors, symbolism, patterns and elements from the natural world.
Jacinthe TwoBulls (Haida from Seattle), Booth # B-20, basket weaver. Her work is rooted in Haida culture and tradition, but also connected to the future.
Margaret Wood (Navajo/Seminole), Booth # A-48, fiber artist. She is the author of Native American Fashions: Modern Adaptations of Traditional Designs. Several of her quilts and clothing designs are in the permanent collection of the Heard Museum.