Sidney Ann is… well, it’s hard to pin her down to a single label. She makes beautiful clutches and wallets, graphic design, yogi, rock climber, blogger, and an acrobat. All that in one person! How amazing is that?
She was nice enough to agree to participate in this interview and answer my questions!
ep: Could you please describe your creative process?
I do a lot of prep work in my head, whether it’s a craft project or something I’m designing on computer. I like to sit with a basic idea and let it marinate up there for a while and have it grow on its own. The rest is largely intuitive. I proceed until it ‘feels right’. This way I don’t have to spend too much time planning. Not a big planner.
ep: What is your favorite piece you created and why is this your favorite piece?
I’ve made lost of things I’ve had difficulty letting go of. I once made this awesome bag out of an old leather skirt. I lined it with a souvenir scarf from Florida. I had this semi-vague idea of how I wanted it to turn out, and it ended up even better. That rarely happens when I truly wing something. I sold it on Etsy way below actual value to someone in Brazil and it got lost in transit. I hope someone in South America somewhere is enjoying it.
ep: If you could travel back in time, what advice would you give to yourself 5 years ago?
Quit being such a pansy! I spent the majority of my twenties trying to figure who I am and what I am supposed to do with my life. I’m continually a work in progress, like most, but I wish I would have just buckled down and jumped into something design-related with force and vigor. When I was 28 I finally figured out that I’m an artist, not a business woman.
ep: Apart from creating/designing things, what do you like to do?
I lead a pretty active lifestyle – I run, do yoga, and have recently gotten into rock climbing, which I love. I also spend time every weekend with my baby niece and 16-month-old nephew. And when I’m not playing, I’m usually out with my friends looking for trouble. 😉
ep: How did you start making wallets, clutches and bags?
My whole little business started with pillows, believe it or not. I had this fascination with vintage scarves (confession: I still do) so I eventually started making them into pillows. From there I branched out into all sorts of crafty endeavors, but textiles still hold my interest the most… I think.
ep: What inspires you/where do you find your inspirations?
I read a lot of magazines and even more blogs. I can get lost on Etsy for hours and thrift shopping never gets dull.
ep: I read that you are an ex-acrobat, can you elaborate more on this fascinating piece of information?
I was a gymnast from age 4 till 21. It was a huge part of my life and has definitely shaped me in myriad ways. I have been in competitions throughout the US, as well as Canada, Mexico, and even Prague before I joined the team at the University of Washington. I’m glad it’s over, but I still love to play. (See #4)
ep: Coffee or tea?
Short, extra-hot latte, please. I’m a true Seattlite.
ep: What is your favorite comfort food?
Thai. I live literally right next door to a great Thai restaurant. I still can’t decide if it is a good or bad thing.
ep: Do you have a favorite quote? what is it and why is it your favorite?
Create your own wind. It’s hard to explain but I love the idea of being your own person and creating your own path… moving through life at a certain pace with purpose. The wind part makes it all the more dramatic. Ha!