Singular Couture was founded by artist Sarah Nolan in 2013 in New York City. Nolan was invited to attend an important ladies’ luncheon. She was tired of wearing traditional dull colored suits and made a brightly painted gold coat to wear. (See Faberge on our Gallery page.) Other attendees wanted to know where they could get one and Singular Couture was born. The business flourished in Nolan’s New York studio for 2 years until Nolan decided to move back to Santa Fe and opened the business in Plaza Galeria to reach a wider audience. She combined her studio work space and retail gallery in one tiny space for the first year. It became obvious that there needed to be more coats and Nolan sought other artists to try painting on silk as they would a canvas. The artists were encouraged to view the body as a moving sculpture thinking about how all the parts moved in space. The concept of joyfully wearing a piece of art is still the driving force behind Singular Couture.
In 2017 the original studio/gallery became the production area and Nolan’s studio. An even larger space was added which became the retail space giving clients easy access to the beautiful coats besides a view of how our coats are created. Our coats are hand painted by 15 amazing artists from varied backgrounds. Their work is as diverse as their backgrounds and all have skill, passion and dedication to art. Many are from the Santa Fe area although others are from numerous other states. The silk is acquired from a silk merchant Nolan found when she lived in New York City. All the tailoring is done locally in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In 2018 Singular Couture went through another transformation. We took down a wall, painted all walls and floors, got new lights, and other accessories that created a bright warm area to view our stunning coats. You can also see the production area and on most days see an artist painting a coat. Nolan is most frequently there ready to greet visitors and charm them with her enthusiasm for what we are creating. We have an artist demonstrating on most Saturdays from 1 – 4 pm.
Our wonderful Gallery staff are well-versed in our artists and the stories they are telling with their coats. We are happy to answer your questions and help you make your selection through our website or in person in our gallery.
Coats are hand painted and embellished by talented artists
I was born in Mississippi and had a childhood that included eating fried chicken (yum!), fishing for bass and swinging on wisteria vines. I moved to NYC after college and began a different life working in tall gray buildings, wearing gray/blue/black clothes and getting an MBA at night at NYU. I spent endless hours at a top consulting firm restructuring really big companies.
The next phase of my career began as a corporate innovator/rejuvenator and CEO and restructured two large financial subsidiaries and three very small internet companies. Then I stopped and became a consultant for non profit organizations.
One day, pneumonia caught me and I thought I would die. When I got better I began to paint seven days a week to learn how to make art. I learned to paint on non-traditional fabrics with objects in addition to paintbrushes and to stitch and embroider paintings. I went to India to learn block printing and learned to paint on clothing.
While living in NYC, prior to attending a ladies' luncheon, I decided I was tired of wearing traditional dull-colored suits and made a brightly painted gold silk coat to wear. (See "Faberge" in our pictures.) Other attendees wanted to know where they could get one. Singular Couture was born.
I love painting original pieces of clothing. Now I have the additional fun of finding talented artists to add to our roster of artists who paint pieces for Singular Couture.
LORNE KRIS HONYUMPTEWA
I am a Hopi/Picuris Pueblo 2-D illustrator. I was born in Tuba City, Arizona on March 9, 1979. My mother is Diane Caroline Sine, from Picuris Pueblo and she works with traditional micaceous pottery. My father is a well known Hopi Kachina doll carver from Lower Moenkopi: Stetson Honyumptewa.
I have been into art all my life, growing up with my father especially. I got a lot of inspiration from him and being around galleries that featured all types of art. Looking at Southwest Art magazines always got my mind going, especially natural scenes, sunsets, and landscapes.
I graduated from Pojoaque High School in New Mexico and realized I had a talent that I was too modest to announce or display. I wanted to go to the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, but Pojoaque High School was as far as I got.
I like to work with pen and pencil for fine details. I like creating art that satisfies the eyes and takes time and energy from the mind, body and spirit. I want my art to bring good energy and vibes to all who encounter it, for we are all one.
I got my first blue ribbon in 2008 for a pen and ink drawing of Kachinas in a ceremony at one of the Mesas. I got pumped up to do more, add color to it, and got another blue ribbon for a White Bear Kachina in a Winter Wonderland in the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff. Since then I have been in Indian Markets at Santa Fe.
I am from Zacatecas, a colonial and mining city in Mexico. I graduated as a Miner Engineer in 2000 from Zacatecas University and worked on 4 different underground mines for 2 years. After I graduated, I decided I didn’t like mining. I moved to Santa Fe in 2002 and fell in love with its adobe houses, Spanish and Native American culture and its Art. All of this inspired me to create and illustrate.
Being in engineering school prompted me to fall in love with Geometry. Sacred Geometry caught my attention. Sacred Geometry is in everyone, everywhere and everything from the tiniest particle, human body part, animal, plant, planet and galaxy to the universe itself.
The study of Sacred Geometry has always been fascinating to me, from both scientific and spiritual points of view. There are times when people who have taken to advocating one facet of Sacred Geometry scoff at the people on the other side of the fence. Nonetheless, it cannot be denied that the study of Sacred Geometry, whether for scientific or spiritual purposes, is something that can blow the mind away.
My Art is based in Nature and its natural patterns and shapes, going from the micro cosmos to the macro cosmos.
My name is David A. Naranjo and I am from Santa Clara Pueblo. I am a contemporary Puebloan artist and a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, working in multiple mediums to depict cultural symbolism through Puebloan pottery designs and fine geometrical linear work.
My inspiration has come from learning the Tewa language. While learning the language, I obtained a deeper understanding and connection of our cultural practices and found that a lot can be said with few words because you speak from your heart. I found our way of life to be a form of poetry and seek to show understanding and respect while making art as a form of prayer and ceremony.