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MEET THE MAKER: SIENNE JOSSELIN

September 19, 2015 0 Comments

picture by Marianna Jamadi
 
Meet Sienne! She's awesome. She's an  artist/illustrator/credentialed art educator based out of Los Angeles. Sienne graduated with a bfa in illustration, art education, and a credential in art from California State University, Long Beach. In addition to her own line of goods under the name Sienne Josselin, she illustrates for a variety of brands and organizations and teaches classes/workshops all over california and abroad! She hopes that through teaching and sharing her work, art can be a tool for to inspire others in creative self-expression, exploration, different perspectives and discovery in the process. (We have the pleasure of her coming down to teach an awesome workshop right here in the shop!)
Let's learn a bit more about her!
 
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT OWNING A SMALL BUSINESS?
  
Community! I get to have a personal relationship with my clients, art students and customers who buy my work. Kat and MAKE Collectives is a perfect example - I followed her on Instagram, finally met her at Patchwork Festival and loved her energy! It's always great catching up with her and mutually supporting one another's businesses. It's great connecting, collaborating and working with other small businesses; we can all empathize with each other. Everyone else I get to connect with either in classes or when they buy my work also sometimes becomes a relationship; either keeping in touch via social media or another new friend!
 
 
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROCESS (I.E. WHERE YOU SOURCE YOUR MATERIALS/INSPIRATION/ETC.)
  
Being in nature gets the juices flowing - the outdoors landscape is abundant for whispering things of inspiration! Also, this seems counter-productive but I try not to do art-related things like exercising my brain to do other functions and activities. For instance, (again nature related!) I love hiking and camping. I'm super into and advocate continuing education to learn things like herbal medicine, plant care and crafts.
 
 
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WORK-DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
  
I would like a typical day - a routine if you will! I'm working on a typical day, rituals if you will, to help me find a bit more balance! Starting off the day with NO technology and savoring some analog time with a cup of tea and a walk outside. From there, I usually have to manage the chaos by checking my running to-do list of art commissions in process or art teaching to be taught or planned for! I'll work mostly on both those two things and share via social media where I'm at in either of those processes and then work on a little of my own art. Just like I start my day, I try and end it the same.
  
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PROS AND CONS ABOUT THE WORKSPACE YOU'RE IN CURRENTLY?
  
I'm very lucky to have three workspaces - my home office, my home art studio/workshop space and nature! The pros having multiple spaces for work is that my environment changes and I'm constantly inspired. The con about that is which idea to start on and what bugs I can stand! My studio is technically a garage so I'm ok with ants, daddy long legs and small leaf eating bugs (NOT COOL WITH: big fat spiders, cockroaches or silverfish anywhere near my work or play!)
  
 
COFFEE, TEA OR NEITHER?
  
Both for sure! I really enjoy Intelligentsia, Blue Bottle and Caribou beans - the darker the better! As for tea, I'm an organic, loose leaf tea hoarder. You should see what I look like when I drink multiples of both...I literally jiggle and shake haha!
 
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO ON YOUR DAYS OFF?
  
RUN AWAY...I like to take drives on stretches of highway in scenic places. My favorite places to drive are on Highway 154 through the Central Coast and in the Angeles National Forest. I stop through places like Succulent Cafe or one of the lavender farms. I also love farm to table food and spend time eating, drawing and thinking at places like Forage in Silver Lake or at Trails Cafe in Griffith Park. 
 
WHATS NEXT FOR YOU AND YOUR COMPANY?
  
More art classes to teach (hopefully again with MAKE collectives again!) and new ways to connect. My brand is growing in many different directions and so I'll be working on managing it's other branches like Ladies Adventure Club (that's a whole other animal that might need it's own thing!) I can't say that I have a definitive direction for what's next but keep in touch to see what sort of "trouble I'm getting into! 
Thanks Sienne!
We are SO excited to have Sienne come down and teach our Polymer Jewelry Workshop. If you'd like to attend the class, click here to sign-up! 
To follow along in all of Sienne's adventures, follow her on Instagram!