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