MAKER SPOTLIGHT: CASEY D. SIBLEY
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you? Where are you from? Where do you live now?
My name is Casey and I own Casey D. Sibley Art + Design, a lifestyle brand specializing in pattern designs for textiles and happy modern handmade accessories and home goods. I am originally from Columbus, MS and moved to beautiful Reno, NV in 2011 where I now live with my husband and our two crazy dogs.
What lead you to working with pattern and textiles, and eventually starting your own creative business?
I started my business when we moved to Reno—I had been looking for a job as an architect prior to our move, with little luck. So, I decided to make a few paintings and see how they sold online while I continued to job hunt (something I had always wanted to try, but convinced myself I had no time for when I was working a busy day job). I’ve always loved to paint and draw and create, but did it mostly for myself up until that point. At first, I sold paintings to family and friends, and that inspired me to keep creating and trying new things. I tried a lot of different things—paintings, pen and ink drawings, pet portraits—and eventually started having my designs printed onto fabrics, sometimes by hand and mostly with digital textile printing. That was when things started to really take shape for my shop. I loved creating bright and bold patterns intended for products, and started developing a line of home goods, and later, accessories.
What inspires the colors and shapes you use and create?
I tend to go through “seasons” of creativity! Usually, it starts when I see something in my day-to-day life that sparks an idea for a pattern or product. That inspiration comes from so many places. I’m very inspired by bright happy colors and patterns that evoke a sense of being on vacation. A lot of my work is derivative of my desire to do whatever I want! I like to imagine my products and art being used while people are taking it easy and doing fun things on the weekend.
What does your typical day look like?
I usually wake up around 5:30. I am one of those insane morning people who wakes up in an awesome mood. I love being awake early and don’t even use an alarm clock. But don’t expect me to stay up past 9:30 pm! After I take the dogs for our morning walk and get in a morning workout, I like to have coffee and catch up on emails, then check social media and website stats. If I have any sewing to do that day, I try to knock it out in the first half of the day so that I can get myself out of the house to ship orders and run errands during the second half of the day. On days when I don’t have orders to fill, I try to take care of administrative stuff or work on new ideas. I start to lose steam around 3:00, so I will take a break and tidy up or research new product ideas (aka, surf the web). I’ll usually start dinner around 5:30 and hang with my husband and dogs. I wind down the day by sketching, brainstorming products, and posting on social media at night when I’m laying in bed watching T.V. And I’m knocked out by 9:30!
When you’re not making, what can we find you doing?
I’ve been fortunate to meet an amazing community of fellow business owners in Reno. There are some crazy-talented individuals in this town and there is always something fun and social happening around the arts and startup scene here. I also love to grab breakfast or lunch with friends. And I enjoy cooking, so I spend a lot of time searching for fun new recipes to try—luckily my husband is not picky and tries all of my experiments!
Is there another art form you’ve always wanted to dabble in?
I’m a serial dabbler, so I often stumble across things I want to try! One thing I haven’t tried yet is pottery, so that would be fun! And I’d love to take a shot at woven textiles…
Cont... Aside from the personal joy I get from running the business, I’ve also become hyper-aware of the quality of handmade versus mass produced goods. There is something really special and unique about a product made by the same person that designed it. There is a level of craft and care there that is hard to replicate.
What’s your favorite place to grab a cup of coffee or a cocktail in Reno?
I live about 50 yards from my favorite coffee shop in Reno, Coffeebar. I always run into people I know, they have great lavender tea lattes and crepes, and it’s always buzzing with energy. When I have meetings, I try to schedule them there.
For cocktails, it’s always changing! My newest favorite place is a small tapas bar and restaurant called Centro.
And because I am a morning person, I have to mention my favorite breakfast haunts: Two Chicks, Peg’s, and PJ’s!
Thanks for the interview, Casey! Shop her pieces here.