Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

Artist of the moment…….Jamie Okuma



Jamie Okuma is a Native American artist renown for her work with beads and the fashion world.

Jamie Okuma was born in Glendale, California in the year 1977. Okuma grew up on the La Jolla Reservation in California. The artist attended the School of the Institute of American Indian Art. Her father was of Hawaiian decent. Her mother was of Native American descent( Luiseno and Shoshone- Bannock.

She turned to the fashion world as she had become exhausted with the mediums she was working in. She had been working with beads and dolls for the most part.

She made her first miniature dress whilst in high school.

Below we visit the studio of Jamie Okuma:

One work with a figure takes on average four months to complete. Okuma goes into great detail in parts of her work except the face.

For time periods the artist focuses on clothes and fashion that were popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

She is based out of the La Jolla Reservation in San Diego County.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Its great to see clothes and similar designs that were popular in the 1800s and 1900s come back en vogue again. Okuma’s dolls have a tremendous amount of detail.


Artist of the moment….photographer Adam Fuss

Adam Fuss is a painter and a photographer born in London,  England in the year 1961.  His father owned a company that made dresses and his mother was a fashion model from the country of  Australia. His father had a stroke and since Fuss was only 2 years old required the constant care of a nurse. His father passed away when Adam Fuss was only 5 years old.

He moved from England after his father’s death to live with his “mum'” in Australia. Eventually the artist would move to New York City and take various odd job. His first experimentation with a camera was a “pinhole camera.” These works made up the artist’s first successful shows.

After this came his most sought after works by museums, his works with the photogram. First Fuss places objects of a surface and with concentration on what happens the moment the two surfaces meet. An example is the baby hitting the water and the shapes the ripples of the water make. A similar incident happens with an eel moving through the water or the ripples after a rock is thrown in the water. The title of this series is the “Ark series.”

The artist enjoys images that are familiar with everyone including infants, dresses,  the petals of flowers and droplets of water.

price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $30,000.

In this clip we visit a show from 2010 and the Chem & Reid Gallery. This show deals with the serpentine figure seen often in artist’s work.

In this clip we visit a more recent show from 2012. A brief interview with the artist is included.

Works of Adam Fuss can be found in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City, the Israel Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $90,000.