Stormie Trujillo comes from the Navajo-Apache tribe and she learned the craft of bead work and leather observing her grandparents’ traditional and intricate bead weaving technique for hours during her childhood.
A rare case for a designer, she doesn’t follow any line sheet but instead uses meditation to create each handcrafted piece that she then blesses and gives meaning to as she beads. Stormie wants each piece that she handmakes to communicate the blessing and the meaning to the wearer.
She uses all natural and recycled materials: buckskin leather, antique metal beads, aquamarines, citrines, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, opals, tourmalines, turquoises, bones, woods, glass, antique coins, among others.
Each piece is handmade, one-of-a-kind, and embodies its own unique meaning, often using Native American symbols and soothing blends of colors.
Stormie lives in Los Angeles on ranch land that has been in her family for decades, where she practices her craft daily.
She has a large following of local customers, including many in the film and music industry (such as Mick Jagger and Madonna) who she custom designs pieces for.