Art To Wear – A Singular Santa Fe Experience

Art to wear combines a love of stunning art with a love of wearing gorgeous clothing – something the artists at Singular Couture are doing brilliantly. Singular Couture founder and artist Sarah Nolan, along with Kate Barrere, and Native American artists David Naranjo of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Anthony Gchachu of Zuni Pueblo and Lorne Honyumptewa of Hopi and Picuris pueblos, are making beautiful, unique, hand-painted silk jackets, vests and coats.  Their masterpieces are creating a fashion trend of confident beauty. I had the pleasure of being invited into their studio #57 at 1807 Second Street in the Midtown Innovation District for an authentically Santa Fe shopping experience.

Amazing coats and jackets line the studio at Singular Couture. From left: Kate Barrere “Moments in a Day”, Center: Lorne Hunyumptewa “Variations”, Right: David Naranjo “Puwanini Ayan” (Moving Butterflies).

Finding that special garment that is eye-catching and comfortable, and boosts your confidence is something we love to comb the retail racks for. Many shoppers head to the Santa Fe Plaza or the Canyon Road gallery district to search for art and fashion, but for something truly special, give a call first (505 699-0339) and wander just a little way off the beaten path (only 1.7 miles from the Plaza). Singular Couture will even pay your Uber fare from your Santa Fe hotel so you can visit their studio, relax, enjoy a drink or two, and try on their amazing hand-painted collection. It’s a lot of fun to do solo, or with a couple of girlfriends, as I experienced.

Artist & Founder Sarah Nolan.

The designs tell a story, whether pulling from ancient pueblo traditions or from current trends and influences, the result is a gorgeous work of art to wear.

White tuxedo silk vest with side splits, “Family” by Anthony Gchachu of Zuni Pueblo.

The silk fabric is practical and able to stand up to the rigors of daily use and still look fabulous for those special events.

Anthony Gchachu of Zuni Pueblo at work on a piece.

You’ll find it hard to choose among all the wonderful vibrant colors, and two lengths that flatter. The longer coats and vests sit just above the knee, the jacket hits the hip. Each piece is fully reversible, so you’re getting two coats in one.

Jacket by Sarah Nolan, “Surprising Shutters”.

The extraordinary brilliant sheen of the silks is spectacular. Peel back the cuffs and collars to reveal a beautiful contrast, such as various shades of silver accented with hints of iridescent blues, or shimmering earth tones with cuffs of enticing turquoise, gold, emerald.

Black & Silver Handpainted Silk Coat, “P’o Ta” meaning Marked Trail, by David Naranjo of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.

Many of the Native artists’ designs are inspired by their respective pueblo culture and tradition, including symbols of nature, clouds, rivers, rain, lightning, flowers, pottery sherds, to mention a few.

Me trying on one of Anthony Gchachu’s iridescent works of Art to Wear called “Blueberry Blossoms” on hot pink shantung silk.

So, rather than searching for that piece of art to pin to a wall or set in a corner, you could actually be that work of art by wearing a piece from Singular Couture. Simply throw on solid colored pants or jeans, add a necklace and earrings and that’s all you’ll need beneath one of these beauties. It’s the right ensemble for everything from gathering for lunch with friends, date night, a special event, opera night, or important business meetings.

Blossom in the Night – by Anthony Gchachu


Perhaps you’re planning a visit to Santa Fe with friends for a reunion, a birthday, or girls’ get-together and looking for something extraordinary to do together.  You could take a “Paint Your Own Jeans” workshop with Sarah and Kate and create your own art to wear.

Bring an old pair of jeans, leggings, or pants, and come for a glass of wine or two, and a couple of hours of laughs and creative fun. No artistic ability required, just a willingness to let the “spirit” move you to add color to cloth and take home a fresh look to add to your collection. The cost is only $55 + tax per person, and you can call to schedule a private class for your group of 4 to 8 people, (up to 16 people may be accommodated with advance notice for private parties). Or join them for one of their regularly scheduled classes. Check their website for the schedule.

For more information on these creations and workshops, contact the Singular Couture studio directly and Mention Santa Fe Selection when you call (505)699-0339.

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