This is Casey Sibley.
She is awesome and creative and talented.
Since she is going to be teaching a series of textile painting classes at The Nest that I'm super stoked about (check out this blog post for more info), I thought y'all would want a chance to get to know her a little better.
She is one of my favorite ladybosses to collaborate with: not only does she teach an informative yet therapeutic and encouraging arts class, but she is also an uber organized fellow Virgo that understands that the struggle is real.
Read on to find out more about Casey and her creative process. Be sure to check out her website to support her creative endeavors by buying her goods that are sure to inspire happiness in your life!
I absolutely adore your fabric buckets and bags and have them in pretty much every room in my house. What was your inspiration in making goods to inspire a happy life?
Thank you! I love to hear that! When I started making products several years ago, it was really important to me to make something functional. I always loved painting and drawing but wanted to put my art on products that could be integrated into everyday life. I started my business because I wanted to do something that made me happy, and that desire became the ethos that I wanted to pass on to my customers through my work.
Where's that subtle accent of yours from?
I’m originally from Mississippi--born and raised! I moved to Reno about 6 years ago with my husband, and I love it here. My accent comes and goes, depending on who I am talking to or how relaxed I am (cocktails usually bring it out, too)!
How do you choose which of your original prints to turn into the items in your shop?
It’s a constantly evolving process! However, it usually starts with lots of sketches and little paintings that I will create in several creative bursts. I usually find myself drawn to one or two motifs and end up structuring each collection around those--trying to coordinate colors and patterns that make sense.
What are the best and worst parts about what you do?
The best part is being able to work on creative projects that I love! I used to daydream about being my own boss and having a career as an artist when I was still working a desk job for someone else. It felt so impossible at the time, so every day I am so thankful that I get to do what I want. It really blows my mind sometimes!
The worst part is the uncertainty that comes with being an entrepreneur. When things are going well, it’s the highest high. But when things are slow, it feels awful. It’s very personal work, so when things are tough and I am looking for moral support, it’s sometimes hard for others who aren’t business owners to understand why I would stick it out in those tough times. But I am obsessed! :)
And just for kicks...what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Ha! Gosh, it changes all the time--I like variety. Lately I’ve been a little obsessed with plain chocolate ice cream after having Icecycle Creamery’s Deep Chocolate. OMG.
Well, there you have it folks! Now that you know Casey, don't pass up an opportunity (or 4!) to kick it with her and me and take an original, functional work of art home while you're at it!