Student Stories is a chance to meet current and past SDR students and find out how their time with us has influenced their work.
This month we are talking to Siara Berry an artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who came to Shoreditch Design Rooms in 2015.
When and what did you study at SDR?
Where are you working now and what are you up to at the moment?
After returning to the States in January, I began working at Design Fugitives, a design and fabrication company in my hometown, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We do custom projects for personal and corporate clientele. I design pieces as well as make them – like the piece I’m pictured with above which we made for a gala. My knowledge in woodworking, upholstery, and sculpture come in handy everyday. I also have my own studio in the city where I am pursuing my own practice. It’s been a slow roll getting back into the swing of things, but it’s getting there!
Did the experience open your eyes to new things?
When I started at SDR, I had no idea the amount of detail and thought went into upholstery. I knew a little, but after leaving I looked at furniture a whole new way. Louise taught me about grain lines, proper tools, sewing techniques and fabric properties. I should’ve known that with a trade like upholstery there was a deep rooted history and process. I really started to appreciate the time and concentration one needs to properly upholster a chair. I loved seeing the innards and frame of the furniture, as well. I found it really inspiring.
What advice would you give to new students?