My name is Michael Slim I'm a full blooded Navajo American Indian and belong to the Kinlichenee Clan (Red House). Originally born in LA California, but moved when I was very young to Albuquerque NM to be closer to my family roots. I come from a long line of artist and craftsman & women, I started very young helping my mother and family members learning and developing my skills. My mother was a big influence on me and my work. In my youth while working with her she would tell me the history of the Navajo and the symbols and traditions which made us who we are. The designs and symbols I incorporate in my jewelry are intimately tied to who we are and the story of the Navajo people. As years passed and my craft developed into the level it is today, always learning and experimenting with different materials, stones and processes and incorporating them into my jewelry and designs.
I'm very much influenced by my surroundings, my history and my culture. The first indication that I had finally become a recognized artist in my own right was when I was accepted to the "Palace Portal Program" in Santa Fe. Many jewelers and artist apply but few are accepted. My first submission in 1984 was the beginning of my career as an artist. Since then I have been accepted to a multitude of prestigious shows throughout the country, all of which are "Juried Shows" where your pieces must be of a high enough level to be invited. I have been very fortunate to have been selected repeatedly for these prestigious shows including: