Sydney Sogol from Syd’s Threads
Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I am planning on bringing hand woven scarves, shawls, pillow , and other little woven goodies. All of my pieces are hand dyed with a variety of colors that are inspired by nature, especially animals. I have been fascinated by the natural world my whole life and I design each piece to pay homage to a specific species.
My best sellers are my scarves. They are made of various fibers that I choose for their soft and sustainable qualities. The yarn I use, lyocell- a rayon fiber, is created in a more suitable fashion then many other natural fibers. The finished scarves are silky soft, machine washable, and will keep you warm , not to mention complete any outfit you choose!
How did you learn your craft?:
I taught myself to weave in high school then took weaving classes in college. Once I worked on my first floor loom I was hooked! I knew I wanted to keep exploring this new medium. I got my Bachelors degree in Art focused in weaving then went on to get my Masters Of Fine Art in Textile Design focused on weaving. This allowed me to get exposure to many different types of looms, weavers, and many techniques. I continue to learn more about weaving by trying out new techniques and designing my patterns.
Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I am excited to see Tuttle Works because I love industrial style items especially lights!
I cants wait to meet all my fellow artists, the craft community is the best!
What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I work from my home studio with my quality control team of two cats and a dog! I like to get myself a nice big cup of tea to start the creative juices flowing. Since my inspiration comes from nature I love to do my designing outside when the weather permits! I have a large collection of bird photos that I use to help spark ideas if I am struggling to come up with something.
Music or podcasts are a definitely a must for working, each one has its place in the production cycle.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:
I would say always try and push yourself out of your comfort zone and ask for opportunities and take chances, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Also know that we as artists get the answer ‘No’, way more then ‘Yes’ , but that doesn’t mean what you do is not valuable.
We all have those people that love you tell us what we “should” make. What’s the worst “best tip” you’ve ever gotten?:
Mostly people just suggest I make items that are actually knit or crocheted, but I don’t know how to do either…
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