This week we meet Siana Kelly from beautiful British Columbia, Canada.
(My husband Bryan and I on our honeymoon in Paris 2008)
I live on Sulphurous Lake in a mountainous region called the Cariboo, in a log home on 4 acres.
The name of your store
Random Facts about You?
Besides weaving I also enjoy making Hand Embroidered cards. (I am short and loved...giggles)
How long ago have you started weaving?
I began weaving 10 years ago
What got you started weaving?
Actually, it was by accident. I'd just moved into a new house on Vancouver Island and was shopping for place mats, couldn't find what I wanted, came home and began talking to my neighbor about it over the fence in the back yard. Turned out she had a fiber studio and taught Saori Weaving and suggested why not weave my own place mats. I was hooked!
(threading my loom)
Any particular technique(s) that you enjoy the most?
I enjoy the Saori way of weaving as there are no boundaries/rules and it gives freedom to be as creative as I want.
What part the process makes you the most passionate?
Being able to combine any materials and play with them on the loom.
What is your source of inspiration?
Life and my surroundings here in the wilderness overlooking the lake inspires me, and of course my husband who is also an artist with his own Etsy shop.
(our friend fox waiting for dinner)
Where do you sell?
My Etsy Shop, craft fairs, trade shows, local shops and from home.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I am the secretary for our local Volunteer Firefighters Association, doing their yearly newsletter and maintaining a blog for them. I am also part of their Quilting Group, getting together once a week hand stitching a quilt to raffle off. We have been working on this for 3 years. I also take part in a local summer Craft Fair once a year, taking my loom to demonstrate Saori Weaving and encouraging the public to try weaving, it's very popular.
What first made you want to become an artist?
I guess I have always been naturally artistic. My dad was an artist, drawing in ink, but he would never sell his work. I did draw when I was younger. My mother taught me to knit when I was 10 , making socks on 4 needles.
Please describe your creative process: how, when, materials, etc....
I don't think I have an actual *process*...it's more like a *need* to create something different and unusual that usually strikes me when I am out walking in the forest, daydreaming while looking at the lake , working in the garden or watching my husband draw. I like using soft natural fine materials like bamboo, silk, cotton, wool, they have a soft natural flow. I live in a log home and my loom is set up in the loft where I can weave and look out over the lake and mountains.
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
My most cherished creation is my first Saori Hand Woven wall hanging in black and white.
What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
Be patient! Selling doesn't happen overnight but enjoy what you create and be proud to have the opportunity to share it with the world, you will meet many great artists in the supportive Etsy Community.
What do you like about Etsy?
The community and interaction with so many diverse talented artists and the ability to showcase your work to the world.
What weaving activities or guilds to you participate in?
Living in a remote area I don't belong to any weaving guilds, I am so alone here and love it.
Do you have a website, blog, Facebook page, or other online endeavors?
Yes I have a blog, Facebook, twitter, flickr etc.
my blog: http://sinderblustudios.blogspot.com
twitter: http://twitter.com/ SinderbluStudio