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About Alexandra Shamaya

Alexandra B. Shamaya is an accomplished artist, publisher and jewelry designer. Her work has touched people in profound ways through their brilliant colors, designs and powerful symbolism. She has a B.A. in art from Arizona State University. Alexandra continues to create a line of wearable art through her signature jewelry under her company name of Inspirations.

About Charlie Favour

Charlie Favour was born in 1950 in Prescott, AZ. While growing up around ranches & rodeos, he began braiding when he was 11 years old. In 1970, Charlie started doing leatherwork professionally by opening a leather & Native American art store in Aspen, CO. In 1980 he settled in northern New Mexico where he engaged in the fly fishing business & continued his leathercraft.

Throughout his career, Charlie has been a serious student of all aspects of Native American crafts as well as leatherwork of the old time cowboys. He has achieved a high degree of expertise in many areas of work including Native American footwear, beadwork, hand-tanning hides, traditional western tooling and braiding.

Currently, Charlie divides his time between Santa Fe and his studio overlooking Abiquiu Lake.


About Ramona Heise

I began my journey in the arts at a very young age, eventually becoming an accomplished stained glass artist and master seamstress. Eighteen years ago I began apprenticing with Charles Favour, a well known Southwestern Jeweler and master leather worker. Over the years we have become a team and mentor one another. I have refined and expanded on the work we have done together to amalgamate into something unique and entirely my own.

With his blessing, my hard work, discipline, and passion I began partnering exclusively with Alexandra Shamaya many years ago. She is an artist herself and represents our team across the Southwestern United States at juried art shows such as the National Finals Rodeo and many others throughout each year. She has been a catalyst in realizing my dreams of becoming an independent artist. I specialize in cuffs using many techniques, precious metals and stones that I inlay with great detail. Iʼm inspired by traditional Native American design, Russian filigree, as well as, my teachers past and present. I absolutely delight in these opportunities as it offers a new and insightful experience each time.

Every year, my craft is evolving, expanding, and influenced by the people and beauty that I experience. My dream is to continue my work, as it is my life, I live and breathe the creations and beauty it adds to my life journey.


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This page last updated 7/28/22

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