July 22, 2019
Michelle "Milo" Lowden (b.1989) is the proud founder and owner of Milo Creations which specializes in hand-painted Pueblo jewelry. An Inspired Natives Collaborator since 2014, she is the first arts entrepreneur to participate Eighth Generation's Inspired Natives Project.
Michelle is the youngest of two, born to Roberta Charlie and Aaron Lowden, both from the Pueblo of Acoma. She currently operates and resides on the Pueblo of Acoma Reservation in New Mexico.
Michelle's "Reflection" wool blanket
Her inspiration to reconnect to traditional designs through a contemporary medium began with studying her family's history of illustrious potters. (e.g. Marie Z. Chino and Carrie Chino Charlie). Michelle has been creating jewelry for over five years now, specializing in Southwest geometric designs that feature intricate line work and vibrant colors.
Michelle's Embrace Your Beauty earrings feature a color palette inspired by the orange seashell earrings with turquoise accents commonly found in Pueblo Country
Michelle is currently in the process of receiving her Associates in Business at the New Mexico State University-Grants Campus. She plans for Milo Creations to become more than a jewelry company and appeal to a diverse audience.
View Michelle's growing number of Eighth Generation products here.
July 22, 2019
Sarah Agaton Howes is an Anishinaabe artist, teacher, and community organizer from the Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota. Widely known for her handmade regalia and moccasins featuring Ojibwe floral designs, Sarah owns and operates her own business, House of Howes. She shares her knowledge by teaching beadwork in her community and beyond through classes and video tutorials. Sarah has been an Inspired Natives Collaborator since 2015.
View Sarah's growing number of Eighth Generation products here.
John Pepion is a Plains Indian Graphic artist from the Piikani Band of the Blackfoot Confederacy. He is based out of the Blackfeet reservation in north-central Montana, where the Rocky Mountains meet the plains. John is best known for his ledger art, an art tradition that developed in Plains tribes as the buffalo hide they traditionally used for painting became scarce, and they were forced to adapt to making artwork on the ledger paper from accounting books. He comes from a family of artists, and pictographic art has been in his family for hundreds of years.
View John's growing number of Eighth Generation products here.
Louie Gong (Nooksack) is an artist, entrepreneur, and educator best known for his groundbreaking work in the world of arts entrepreneurship. Louie founded the Seattle-based company, Eighth Generation, in 2008 as a way to sell the shoes he was customizing with cultural art on his living room floor. Now the first Native-owned company to ever produce wool blankets - with a flagship retail store in Seattle's iconic Pike Place Market - Eighth Generation is a proud participant in the global economy. Through the Inspired Natives Project, Eighth Generation creates opportunities for cultural artists who, like Louie a short 8 years ago, struggle to meet demand for their handmade cultural art.
Read more about Louie here.
Eighth Generation by Louie Gong