2016 Fashion Show

Bejeweled & Bedazzled Accessories and Jewelry
Fashion Show

6 p.m. at Best of Show Reception & Dinner
Doors open at 5:30, Friday, March 4


RolfsRolfs Salon is generously providing hairstyling and makeup for our models.


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Canyon Records is generously providing the lighting and sound for Fashion Show.



Here are the artists who will participate in the Bejeweled & Bedazzled runway fashion show as of February 8. The images are examples of their work, not necessarily the images of what they will be featuring on the runway.

Victoria Adams (Southern Cheyenne/Arapaho of Oklahoma)—Booth K-04

The objects I create come from my life view in which ritual, culture and ancient and contemporary experiences play significant roles. The objects are talismans of my own participation and consciousness. We want to thank Adams for donating one of her outstanding purses to the Silent Auction at the Best of Show Reception & Dinner this year and for her past generosity to Silent Auction.

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Loren Aragon (Acoma Pueblo)—Booth F-49

Loren is a multimedia artist whose knowledge and understanding of his Acoma culture are evident in his jewelry, sculpture, illustration, and fashion. With a degree in mechanical engineering, Loren’s creations combine his engineering discipline with his artistic imagination, allowing him to explore uncommon materials and varying techniques.


Keres Kootie broach, Impressions earrings

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Virginia Ballenger (Navajo)—Booth E-12

Ballenger’s Navajo Spirit Fashion House has been making custom clothing for over 30 years with Navajo and Southwestern designs.


Two Grey Hills scarf, Pendleton scarf

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Heidi Bigknife (Shawnee)—Booth #F-33

Heidi’s designs are inspired by language, history, texture, kinetics, beauty, and nature and often display her whimsical side. Sometimes she incorporates written messages that express inspirational or political thoughts.


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Fritz Casuse (Navajo)—Booth I-07

Casuse has worked in many artistic media from sculpture to clay to graphic design. His sculptural and textured jewelry designs focus on color and balance. He says his jewelry is a combination of forethought and serendipitous discovery. He is now sharing his insights as an instructor at the Poeh Arts Center, where working with students inspires him to keep experimenting.


I am knowledgeable about several processes and techniques: acrylic and oil on canvas, ceramic stoneware, traditional Micaceous clay, silver, shells, beadwork, photography, and stone. I have no one favorite medium, as they all relate in my creative process. Paintings evolve into sculptures and jewelry, all relating to one main idea.

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Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw Nation)—Booth A-42

Dorsey defines her work as “wearable sculpture” that incorporates storytelling of Chickasaw history and material culture. Inspired by Mississippian-era jewelry pieces, copper sculpture from Moundville and shell carving from the Southeast, her work is grounded in her ability to connect and understand aspects of her people’s history. Dorsey says her work reflects a balance of her personal research into Chickasaw culture and her personal design aesthetic.

She is CEO of Kristen Dorsey Designs, LLC. Dorsey is a participating artist in the Museum exhibit “Confluence”.

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Yolanda Hart Stevens (Pee Posh, Quechan)—Booth DEMO-01

Hart Stevens tells us: I feel very close to the beadwork I do because I was raised with the thought that “this is what identifies us as Yuman people” in this world and the spirit world. When wearing our beadwork in traditional colors, designed in our family images along with certain technique our relatives in this life know who we are. As we move into the next world, we wear our whole traditional attire and are acknowledged by family because of our wear.


Beaded necklace, clay bead necklace, beaded necklace

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Sun Rose Iron Shell (Sicangu and Oglala)—Booth F-35

Iron Shell’s design style is a direct influence of Northern Plains classical arts, such as parfleche, quill work, dress design, and hide paintings. Her enthusiasm for abstract design emanates from Plains style geometric beadwork.


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Elizabeth James-Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag)—Booth I-18

James-Perry’s work focuses on early contact period Northeastern Woodlands Algonquian material culture including natural dyeing, weaving and wampum.


Wampum Alliance collar, Night & Day earrings

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Glenda Loretto (Jemez Pueblo)—Booth H-46

Loretto tells us: I love textures. I create jewelry based on the natural environment. My work comes from and focuses on nature, which offers many textures that I cast from the shapes and surfaces of twigs, cedar branches, tufa (volcanic ash), and cuttlebone that are transformed when cast into silver and gold. Patience, exploring and improving my artistic abilities, and creating beautiful works are all processes that come from my soul. I may visualize a piece that I want to create and achieve, but only the inner soul will allow the piece to create itself, and that is with an open mind, open heart, and most of all by challenging myself.

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Wavy Honeycomb bracelet, Snowflakes cedar earrings

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Patta LT (Choctaw)–Booth D-05                                                                   

LT tells us: Explosions of color are created by mixing only four basic silk dyes in pursuit of a fusion of contemporary original design concepts and traditional Native American motifs. The result is original both in concept and technique. By transferring the medium of hand painted silk to a larger format, I am able to create comfortable, wearable garments that can be draped on the human frame as well as displayed as decorative wall art.


Painted silk, scarf made into a sarong

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Duane Maktima (Hopi/Laguna)—Museum Shop

Maktima tells us: His mission has been to sustain integrity as a master craftsman and designer, striving only for the best. Duane is also deeply rooted as an advocate for the continuation and survival of the cultural arts within his native heritage of the Southwestern Pueblo people.


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Leah Mata (Northern Chumash)—Booth I-22

Mata tells us: While I practice my tribe’s traditional arts and adhere to our unique style, I am known for a blending contemporary material with our natural materials.


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Jamie Okuma (Luiseno/Shoshone-Bannock)—Booth E-20

Okuma specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces that are hand-executed exclusively by the artist herself in all details of process.


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Jovanna Poblano (Zuni)—Booth K-18

Poblano’s work shows traditional influences or can be very contemporary. Cultural elements interplay with the modern.


Beaded squash blossom necklace, Dragonfly bracelet


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Pat Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo)—Booth J-11

Pruitt tells us: My work is the creation of aesthetically pleasing objects of adornment for the discerning individual with non-traditional materials and fabrication technique utilizing evolving technology, equipment, and software. My designs reflect an influence of a modern traditional lifestyle, both on and off the reservation.


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Michael Roanhorse (Navajo)—Booth I-02

Roanhorse tells us: My goal is to push the envelope of contemporary art in silver, metal, and sculpture. I also want to keep evolving my style to help create a new and modern field in contemporary art … The oral history of my people, handed down to my generation, fuels my artistic pursuits. The old stories give me ideas for each piece I create.


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Cathy Short (Potawatomi Nation)—Booth I-09


Short is a professional photographer and textile designer. Her Native design clothing and accessories feature traditional themes in a contemporary mode. Vests, capes, shawls, shirts, and much more are designed and constructed from deer hide, velvet, denim, cotton, and other fabrics such as Blue Bird flour sacks. Decorative touches are adapted from Short’s photographs of actual petroglyphs, old beading patterns, and Tribal designs, particularly Woodland tribes which represent her Native heritage

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Penny Singer (Navajo)—Booth I-23                                            

Penny Singer describes her clothing as “wearable art” and says she is drawing with her needle with fabric as her canvas. Her inspiration is renewed each time she returns.


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Wanesia Spry Misquadace (Fond Du Lac Band of Ojibway, Minnesota)—Booth I-07

Spry Misquadace’s experience with precious metals has culminated in the fusion of birch bark biting design with silver and gold to create canisters and jewelry.


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Tsosie-Gaussoin Family (Connie, David, Jerry, Wayne) (Picuris Pueblo/Navajo/French)—Booth K-7

The Tsosie-Gaussoin Family stems from a long line of artists on their mother Connie’s side with various silversmiths, painters, rug weavers, sculptors, and wood workers. Their primary teacher was Connie who taught them the basics of jewelry and encouraged them to discover their own methods. The family has expanded from jewelry into couture fashion.


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Liz Wallace (Navajo/Washoe/Maidu)—Booth F-27

Wallace tells us: I am known for doing classic Southwestern jewelry with turquoise and silver, but I am branching out into plique a jour (think of a little stained glass window you can wear), sea creatures, chased silver, raised hollow ware, and pressed hearts and shells made on a 20 ton hydraulic press.

Silver & coral pendant, insect pendant

Silver & coral pendant, insect pendant

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Bethany Yellowtail (Crow/Northern Cheyenne)—Booth D-39

Yellowtail has contributed to major brands such as the BCBGMAXAZRIA GROUP, Kardashian Collections, as well as private labels sold in Macy’s, Nordstrom, and other fine retailers.  Currently, she works full-time as an independent contractor, specializing in pattern making and design consultation.  Through her use of authentic Native prints, Yellowtail is on a mission to restore tribal identity to global fashion, as well as showcase the diversity of contemporary Native America.


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