Well, I wanted to write today's blog in answer to a lot of responses I have been getting since I had started designing fashion accessories. Really, it is the reactions our customers have had to our product, and how through their stories I have been inspired and humbled to move forever forward.
I was luck enough in 2015 to spend most of the year traveling around the USA meeting many of our customers and followers; from Arizona to Washington, Oklahoma to Montana, and New Mexico to Minnesota. All have shared countless stories about their lives, struggles, fights, joys and shear determinations. It is through these blogs that I wanted to tell the many ways my designs have grown and evolved into, not only my stories, but yours also.
Art seems to have a funny way of meaning different things to different people. One example would be my Native Outlaw Head/ Neck Scarf Bandana. The story behind this creation was the struggle that I went through in my own life. My parents brought my brothers, sister and I up to survive in a modern world, even though my traditions were all around me; I wanted to fit in with society. This meant shunning my Culture and my ancestors, something that I would struggle with most of my life.
Yet, this particular designs captured many of my customers in another ways. I realized that my Art was not just my representation of life, but the many facets of others who have bought the Native Outlaw design.
I was in Arizona, Scottsdale Arizona to be precise, in 2015 when a wonderful couple in their 60's approached my booth. After introductions, I was sure that the gentleman would purchase one particular designs that I had. However, to my shock he firmly pointed to the Native Outlaw design and said, "That one, That is the one". As I handed it to him he turned to his wife, smiled and turned to me and said, "I am starting chemotherapy next week and I will wear this, knowing that during my lowest point I will have it on and know that I can beat this and survive". It was at this point that I realized how, what had one particular meaning to me as the Artist of the Native Outlaw design, had a larger, more outreaching understanding, to someone else..... Art really has the ability to grow beyond the Artist themselves, and form a life of it's own.
I often this of this couple and hope that my design had carried him through his darkest times into victory.
Melvin War Eagle