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Artist Spotlight: Leslie A. Deer, Muscogee (Mvskoke) Nation/ Italian

"A MODERN TAKE ON TRADITIONAL DESIGNS -- ANOTHER LANGUAGE IN WHICH TO TELL A STORY."



Leslie A. Deer, Muscogee (Mvskoke) Nation, is an apparel designer and artist who began her career by making her own dance regalia. Leslie’s work is influenced by the motifs of her Mvskoke people and their ancestors, the Moundbuilders. Trademarks that stand out in Leslie’s work include intricate applique, bright color combinations, curvilinear lines and Southeastern-Moundbuilder motifs. Leslie considers it a distinct honor to be included in the Ocmulgee Mounds Park Museum Store since her inspiration begins with Mvskoke ancestors. Leslie is committed to keeping the memory, knowledge and, artistry of Mvskoke people alive and that is why these elements are reflected in her work.





Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Apparel Design and Production from Oklahoma State University and combines her technical apparel industry knowledge with her traditional knowledge to self-produce her designs, working on each piece from conception to completion. L A Deer Apparel pieces have been acquired by a wide range of collectors, ranging from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian to world-renowned artists, authors, and activists.


Leslie’s work can be viewed on her website, LAdeerApparel.com.



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