Feast your eyes on the elegant silver jewelry and home goods crafted by Megan of @maidagoods! (Pronouns: she/her)
What is your favorite piece in your collection and why?
I love the bone rings we just designed, they’re small and skeletal looking, delicate but also bold. The name is an ode to the skeleton woman story shared in Women Who Run with the Wolves by Klarissa Pinkola Estes. The story explores the life, death, life cycle we go through while living, in relationships and all things human.
What inspired you to become a maker?
MAIDA began with a vision in the Mojave desert…of an online exhibition, featuring Indigenous art and Indigenous artists from the American Southwest. Inspired from the land and family in which the I’m from , of Cochiti Pueblo, Zuni, and Mestiza descent, my family has been in the Southwest since time immemorial. The collections reflect the rituals and cultures of their origin, as well as provide functional use in every day lives.
I also recently described MAIDA as the heart break love story of ancestry, homecoming, diaspora forced and chosen, memory learned and lost, reclamation and preservation. the history and lineage of Indigenous makers, and the objects they create, (full of the prayers of our ancestors) is the foundation of MAIDA.
What is something about your heritage that makes you proud?
I am so proud to be Indigenous and in my homeland of New Mexico right now. There are so many artists here making work that reflects family histories and stories similar to mine. I feel so motivated and lucky to be living in a time in which we can practice decolonializing ourselves on a daily basis. To have the freedom to do so was not granted to my grandparents. MAIDA is my way of honoring them.
MAIDA supports the growth of Indigenous artists and preservation of their homelands through sustainable business practices. Believing in a profit sharing business model of which 50% of the final price goes to the artist who made it. MAIDA engages in fair trade buying and using only non toxic materials.
MAIDA donates 10% of purchases to various Native run organizations including San Juan Citizens Alliance (@sjcalliance), Native Womens Wilderness (@nativewomenswilderness), and Utah Diné Bikéyah (@protectbearsears).