Who We Are
My name is Maddie Sanders and I am the creator of Wotko Moon. I am a Mvskoke & Mojave artist skilled in various mediums such as graphic design, painting, mural work, and beadwork. As a full time artist I have pursued my love of creation through my small business.
I am currently living on Ute & Pueblo land in Durango, CO. I was born and raised in Tahlequah, OK and moved out west to complete my bachelor’s degree. I am now an alumni and graduate of Fort Lewis College with a Bachelors of Art in Communication Design.
I discovered my love and passion for beading while attending Sequoyah High School during a Native American Arts class. My art teacher, Brandi Adair, taught us how to bead and make small medallions. I remember being so frustrated with it and wanting to give up. After making my first beadwork piece, I realized how much I had learned while creating it. It made me slow down and focus on one bead at a time. It has taught me patience; something I had a difficult time with before. Learning how to bead was the best thing that happened to me. I feel a connection to it and to my ancestors each time I pick up my needle. I am thankful to be able to carry on this craft and hope to inspire others and encourage them to see the importance of preserving culture through art. Beading is my medicine.
I appreciate the support of each and every one of you. All items are handmade and carefully crafted with love.
The name Wotko Moon is inspired by my clans:
Wotko (Raccoon) - Mvskoke
Moon - Mojave
For more of my work visit: maddiesanders.com