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Totes & Tea Towels with Casey Sibley

Tote Bag Class with Casey Sibley

We just finished the second in our series of four Textile Painting Classes with Casey Sibley! Man, I really can't explain to you how rejuvenating they are. Between working and "adulting" we leave little time for playing. It may sound like a frivolous thing, but if you think about it, why are most kids so happy? Because they get to PLAY ALL THE TIME!

Now, I know bills have to get paid and such, but two hours once a month isn't as hard of a commitment as we make it out to be. Secretly, I asked Casey to do these classes because I was desperately in need of a creative outlet. I knew that if I needed it, then there had to be a lot of others out there who needed it too.

Casey Sibley Painting Class

These intimate classes (we cap 'em at 10!) end up being so much more than just a few strokes on some fabric. We make new friends, encourage and support each other, and there are so many lessons to learn: knowing when to stop, letting go when we decided not to stop and made a mess of our project that seemed so much better before, and many more!

I want to thank all of the amazingly creative and wonderful people who have partaken in our classes--and not just for taking our class but for bringing their uplifting energy to the group!

If you haven't been to one but would like to, there are two more on the books: Infinity Scarves (Oct 28) and Napkin Sets (Nov 30), and we would love for you to join us. It's cheaper (and more effective, I think) than therapy (and there's wine!),  and you get to walk away with a usable work of your very own art!

Even if you can't make it to one of our classes, please take care of yourself and PLAY--whether it's an art class or dancing in your living room or whatever it is that reminds you of what it was like to be a carefree child. Do it! It's for your health and sanity!

Meet Casey Sibley

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!

Textile Painting Classes with Casey Sibley

Casey Sibley is one of my all-time favorite local bossbabes. Her fun fabric buckets can be found in almost every room in my house, and I switch between her totes and clutches when I'm feeling like spicing up my outfit with the perfect arm candy. She just taught a super fun and cathartic silk scarf painting class at The Nest not too long ago, and we decided right then and there that we had to continue these therapeutic art classes to provide this much-needed creative outlet. So, here is a monthly series of classes that are much cheaper than therapy. You're welcome.

textile painting classes with casey sibley

including cocktails, light refreshments and excellent company

dates & times:

TEA TOWELS: Thursday, September 7, 6-8pm.

CANVAS TOTES: Thursday, September 28, 6-8pm.

INFINITY SCARVES: Saturday, October 28, 3-5pm.

NAPKIN SETS: Thursday, November 30, 6-8pm.

location:

The Nest, 201 Keystone Ave. Reno, NV

cost:

Classes are $45 each but there are big discounts for bundling. Come to one class or all!

what to expect:

Casey D. Sibley Art and Design will be sharing tips for creating a usable work of art! You'll learn how to pick a complementary color scheme, mix custom colors, choose your composition, and turn your inspiration into a beautiful finished product. All supplies and refreshments are included in the class price. Just bring yourself and your imagination! Class is open to all skill levels, and adults and accompanied minors (because, cocktails!). ;)

Questions? Email casey@caseydsibley.com or tessa@thenestreno.com

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