I've always had an urge to create unique items. One way I was able to do that was with my hand painted technique. These items are made by being stretched over a screen printing press pallet, designs are created and taped off, and fabric ink is applied. I'm able to create one-of-a-kind pieces with this process and really go crazy with the colors.
I have created items like this in the past and have walked them in fashion shows. They are usually such a big hit that they get sold at the shows and I never get to document them. I've decided to change that this year. So we finally have a photo shoot with my latest piece!
Modeled by BG
MUA: Hannah Manuelito
Photos by Jared Yazzie
First, we had to do make up.
Our make up artist for this shoot was Hannah Manuelito, a student and upcoming make up artist living in the Chandler, AZ area. I actually found and contacted Hannah through SnapChat, believe it or not. She always had the funniest snaps! And every time her make up was super on point, so for my Refinery 29 video about Navajo Fashion I asked if she could help. She was more than happy to.
Next, we tried many options for BG's hair and finally settled on something we all liked. After hair and make up was set we moved on to JEWELRY.
I have a mass collection of turquoise jewelry I've accumulated over the years, it wasn't a hard task to bulk up our model with some rad rad Navajo turquoise.
Our last step was LOCATION. Earlier in the week I was driving downtown and passed a mural done by my good friend Jeff Slim. I love Jeff's work and really thought the location and colors played well with the outfit I put together so we drove to Phoenix.
The product of all this is shown below. Native Style, Navajo Style, call it what you will. I just know that it's beautiful :)
You can purchase this original OXDX hand painted item HERE
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