February 06, 2018
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.
February 19, 2018
Michele Reyes (Diné) is a weaver, photographer, and mother of seven. She learned traditional weaving from her grandmother as a teenager, and draws inspiration from Navajo rug designs while adding a modern edge. Based out of Utah, she is the owner and operator of Three Canoes Design along with her husband Kyle. Michele is a former Inspired Natives Project Collaborator.
February 15, 2018
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.
February 06, 2018
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.
Eighth Generation by Louie Gong