What’s the meaning of your business name?
Sueño means dream in Spanish and the word sounds as sensual as silk feels. Owning my own brand and creating a line of hand dyed silks is truly a dream come true for me.
Tell us about yourself and how you got started.
I have always been a maker and artist. When my children were young, I worked as a black and white film portrait photographer, developing and printing all my own work. When photography went digital I started exploring other crafts in which I could use my hands to create objects of beauty. For a few years I made various types of wall hangings using found wood, leather, hemp, ceramics, bone and feathers. I started experimenting with hand dying silk in 2018 and fell in love with the magical quality of the fiber and how it alchemizes with pigment. It was clear from the start that I wanted to explore and dedicate to this new creative endeavor.
What are your favorite materials right now?
I am currently exploring working with different textures of silk, and moving towards more botanical dyeing. I am dreaming and planning on planting a garden of my favorite plants to dye with.
Were you encouraged to follow your dreams and create for a living?
For a long time I did not think that I would be able to provide for myself with art alone. I am happy to say that I have gotten over that unfortunate belief. The internet and social media has been such a powerful force in allowing artists and makers to have and audience and place to sell their work.
Is there a single purpose that keeps you focused?
Curiosity, and the inspiration that comes from being in nature.
What about your medium makes you keep going back? What makes you stick with it?
I am still a beginner in my current medium…There is so much to learn!!!
What’s your biggest challenge as a maker?
My biggest challenge is finding the time to do all of the projects and explorations that I would like to do!
What’s on your current music rotation while creating?
I have been loving the playlists on Spotify curated by two of my favorite brands…St Agni and Boheme Goods.