NATIVE(X) has been pretty quiet since the new year, but you’ll see that we’ve been hard at work. We moved our site to www.nativex.net, redesigned our blog, and built a new art gallery (online that is). After taking a look at the gallery, you’ll now understand why we have a parentheses in our name. NATIVE(X) is no longer just a platform for artists from the Northwest Coast, but one for Native artists across North America.
Not many businesses move to a .net from a .com, but we received an offer for the .com that will give NATIVE(X) the flexibility to make a bigger impact. An impact that you will see--we’ll have a larger arts selection, more sponsored art workshops, and an amazing accessory collaboration for 2013 holiday.
Today, we’re going live with five new artist partnerships--Patrick Dean Hubbell, Jaque Fragua, Troy Lynn Whitethorn from the Southwest, Shawn Peterson from the Northwest, and Dustin Mater from the Southeast Woodlands. Their art has been shown around the world while receiving various awards and accolades. Our collection now features a diverse mix of established artists and the best up-and-coming artists from around the US.
Our goal remains the same: build a platform for Native artists to share their designs and stories with the world.
In 2013, NATIVE(X) will focus on three things:
Build out our art selection with additional artists
The goal of N(X) is to help artists reach a larger audience and our work with Nathaniel Wilkerson has validated that this concept works on a NW coast regional scale. So you’ll start to see the expansion of our online art gallery highlighting artists from around the country.
Sponsor two to three art classes
We’re continuing our work with Crow’s Shadow on the Umatilla Indian Reservation and working to extend our sponsored art classes to other tribes.
Develop an identifiable product
Ralph Lauren has its Polo Shirt. TOMS has its slip-on shoes. American Apparel has its tee shirt. Brooks Brothers has its dress shirts.
We're working with manufacturers, artists, and accessory designers to create an entirely new line for 2013. We’ll keep you posted.