BuffaloHeartMissoula, MT 59801
Creative womens fashion made from repurposed materials. Handmade in Montana.
My name is Lindsay Becker and I am an artistic and sustainably-minded designer/ photographer currently studying resource conservation at the University of Montana. I have been making art in some form since I could hold a crayon, and when I was in high school I began making clothing. I considered going to art school to study photography or fashion design, but decided to study my first love: natural science. But I have found that although forestry and fashion design don't seem to be related, they intersect in unexpected ways.
BuffaloHeart is here to provide handmade and altered clothing from Montana. My designs are reconstructed from beautiful but tired garments. I look for unique materials that have an elegant style, and my work tends to be a combination of artistic and classy. Because I use recycled materials, each piece is truly a unique work of art.
What's in a name?
The Hidatsa people of the present-day Dakotas were dependent on four staples that defined their summer diet: beans, squash, corn, and sunflowers. The sunflowers were a particularly versatile source of food. The Hidatsa could press oil from the seeds, or crush the seeds into a paste, or roll them into balls that resembled little round granola bars.
These sunflower seed balls were carried by hunters when they went in search of deer or buffalo. In a pouch made from the dried heart of a buffalo, the seed balls were kept dry on the hunter's journey. Thus they were protected and were useful to sustain the hunter.
Much like the conservative, efficient use the Hidatsa made of their resources, so should we make an effort to use our resources efficiently. Like the leathery buffalo heart protected the precious sustenance of a hunter, so should our clothing envelope our precious human vessels.
BuffaloHeart is about making wise use of what we have, because it's all we have.
- Dress Makers / Dressmaker
- Sketching / Pattern Drafting