We previously discussed who Design Fugitives is, as a company, so our current series of blog posts are going to give some insight into who we are individually. Our diverse personalities are what make dF such a unique and creative company. Enjoy “The Fugitives of Design Fugitives.”
To paint an accurate picture of our newest designer, Siara, we first need to capture her goofy yet caring nature. About a month after Siara joined the Design Fugitives team, she took it upon herself to spruce up the office. In an attempt at beautification, she chose some plants, named them (as one does), hand-built them planter boxes, and placed them around the space. Due to the lack of direct sunlight in our office, most of the plants chosen were succulents, but we branched out and picked up a fern (named Nutmeg) and a hanging flower plant (Brenda). However, one unfortunate afternoon, Siara took Nutmeg and Brenda on a field trip outside to get some much-needed sunshine. They spent the day happily soaking up the sun, but when Siara checked on them at the end of the day, they were sadly missing. As to not let the plant thieves win, Siara tried to plan a memorial service for Nutmeg and Brenda and poured her effort into nurturing her last surviving succulent, Tyson.
Siara has always claimed to be “from Milwaukee,” but that’s only partially accurate. The truth is she was born in South Dakota, raised in Germantown, attended college in Kansas City, and lived and studied in London. But once her feet hit the ground back in Milwaukee, she was off running: securing a job with Design Fugitives, acquiring studio space to work on her personal projects, volunteering with the art gallery and charity Redline Milwaukee, and grabbing Friday fish fries all over the city.
Siara’s personal introduction into art began with oil painting, but once she gained more creative freedom and opportunities in college, she realized that her interests in texture, form, process, and actual spatial concerns broadened her artistic palette and directed her toward sculpture over painting. After completing her degree in sculpture and creative writing at the Kansas City Art Institute, Siara hopped across the pond to study furniture making and upholstery at the London School of Furniture Making and Shoreditch Design Room Studios. It was there that she discovered a love for woodworking. She uses a lot of wood in her studio practice, combining it with other mediums and materials to create new and unique compositions.
While she claims to not take compliments well, Siara said the best compliment she was ever given was when a younger classmate called her an inspiration, which is just about the biggest compliment someone can pay. For Siara, inspiration can come in many different forms; from houses, to her family, to flea-markets. But, in her words, “Inspiration is fleeting and ever-evolving. I can’t go looking for inspiration, otherwise I’ll become disappointed.”
At the end of the day, Siara tries to live by one piece of advice: Be brave and unapologetic. It’s a good reminder to never be sorry for who you are, liking what you like, or doing what you want. Whether it’s with regard to her art or her questionable dance skills, it’s safe to say that Siara lives bravely and unapologetically.