Hangin’ with the Masters – Ep. 13: Patricia Michaels

Wright’s Indian Art is proud to present Hangin’ with the Masters – Episode 13: Patricia Michaels!!

Patricia will be in our studio on Saturday, February 16th from 12pm until 5pm.

We are happy to start another wonderful year of one-of-a-kind programming with Patricia Michaels, of Project Runway fame!  Patricia is an innovative, eco-friendly, haute couture fashion designer from Taos Pueblo, and we are so excited to be some of the first to see her new collection!

For over 20 years, Patricia Michaels has been producing one-of-a-kind haute couture that transcends cultures and defies fashion trends. Growing up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she was surrounded by beauty—in culture, landscape, and art, all which greatly influenced her design aesthetic. Her Native American culture is deeply rooted in New Mexico, and as a child, she spent a lot of time at Taos Pueblo where many of her family, including her grandparents, lived.

Today, Patricia continues to draw inspiration from nature and her Native roots. She named her company, PM Waterlily, after her Native name, vowing to keep her traditions alive through the interconnectedness of her fashions. In this respect, Patricia has become a forerunner in the fashion industry for practicing cultural sustainability.

PM Waterlily designs are custom made out of Patricia’s Santa Fe, New Mexico studio and include high-end limited edition apparel and casual lines for both men and women. She chooses to work with organic materials whenever possible, and hand-dyes and paints her fabrics, often using algae pigments. Each design she produces showcases nature’s influence combined with fluid textures, creating clothing with movement and individuality. “My clothes tell a story”, says Michaels, “where the wearer gets to incorporate their own history and energy into the garment.”

In Patricia’s own words:

“I create highly individualized pieces that are elegant, fluid, sophisticated, and organic by fusing my own aesthetic with Native American and European perspectives.

The detail of every garment, from hand-painted silk feathers, and meshed leather, to textures that echo the natural world, I evoke my own history and culture as part of a larger timeless narrative.

Each design tells a story. Just as a river is pierced by a tree branch, time is momentarily anchored within the garment. Each piece is created, is worn, and continues to create fresh new meanings into the future. Every person brings his or her own sense of self into the narrative and enriches the meaning. In this way, we might defy the consumerist sense of fashion as something we can put on, take off, and casually cast aside”.

To see a list of Patricia’s awards and recognition she’s received click here

This promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience, and we look forward to seeing you at this amazing event!!

 

*Much of the content for this was borrowed from Patricia’s official website, www.pmwaterlilyfashion.com

 

Hangin’ with the Masters – Ep. 11: Penny Singer

Wright’s Indian Art is proud to present Hangin’ with the Masters – Episode 11: Penny Singer!!

Penny will be in our studio on Saturday, November 3rd from 12pm until 5pm.

She will be providing us with a sneak peek at her brand new Fall fashion lines before she debuts them at the Autry Museum American Indian Arts Marketplace in November!

In Penny’s own words:

“The Penny Singer Collection is a line of unique handmade clothing and accessories that embraces the Native American Spirit and comes to market with clean lines, smart design, and a flavor all its own. My philosophy is that a garment should be the best that it can be, and I invest the time to ensure that the quality of every piece meets or exceeds the standards of the last. From handbags to ribbon shirts, my designs reflect who I am—free, unapologetic, and just plain “real.”

I create from the heart. Every time that I design a new piece, it is as if I am reconnecting with my Native Diné roots. Having grown up as an “Urban Indian” away from the reservation, it wasn’t until college that I discovered a broader perspective of what it means to be Native American and gained a view into traditional Native Ways.

Since then, I have spent time on the reservation, and when I travel to TecNosPos, Arizona, I am enveloped in my culture and able to take in new experiences each time. In turn, these experiences become woven into my work. It’s as if the thread used to sew my collection is spun with drive, determination, and the need to make people understand where I come from and the beauty in being Native. As a single mother, the thread pushing through the fabric is also a metaphor for stitching a wonderful life for me and my son.”

Beginning at 2pm, Penny will have a meet and greet session, so that you can get to know her and some of the amazing local models she works with. This will be followed by a mini-fashion show at 3:30pm. She will be available throughout the day to talk about her work and answer questions.

This promises to be a fantastic event, you won’t want to miss it!