January 21, 2020
We're excited to announce our collaboration with Jamie Okuma (Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock), an award-winning artist and fashion designer who lives and works from the La Jolla Indian Reservation in Southern California.
Jamie Okuma is well known for her beadwork, mixed-media soft sculpture, and fashion design work. She specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces that are hand-executed exclusively by the artist herself in all details of process. Her work has been shown worldwide, and her art has been featured in Vogue. Jamie has garnered a total of six Best in Show awards from the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Indian Art Market - one of the only two artists to ever do so.
Adaptation II, 2012. Stunning beaded Louboutin heels by Jamie Okuma.
In recent months, we've launched two items designed by Jamie- the Ribbons Crew Socks and the Ribbons Beach Towel. The design was inspired by Jamie's ribbon work and also the artist's favorite colors to bead with. In her art, Jamie likes to incorporate bold designs that instantly catch the eye.
This Ribbons design is representative of the geometric aesthetic of the Plateau/Great Basin/Plains region.
Jamie has her own YouTube Channel where folks can take a peek at her process. Her most recently uploaded video is a look into how she creates moccasins. Check out the video below!
Okuma has shown work internationally and has pieces in the permanent collections of The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Denver Art Museum and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art featured Jamie's work on video, which you can take a look at below:
Make sure to also check out Jamie's website, Facebook page, and Instagram pages. Keep an eye out for more exciting new items from our collaborations! Thank you for supporting Inspired Natives, not "Native-inspired."
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Eighth Generation by Louie Gong