Hello, a little about me; I am Shayna. I have almost always been a maker, designer and artist.
In my youth I was highly influenced by my grandparents and parents. My grandpa would always tell me stories about the items he had created and my grandma was always mending clothes, making costumes, upholstering her chairs and couches and always, always doing some sort of home reno, and she still is today. My mother claims she doesn’t know how to sew but she was the first one to get me into clothing design, letting me design my skating costumes when I was a teen. After taking sewing classes in school I continued after high school to advance those skills, getting in years of experience. I am grateful for how they inspired me to create and to constantly push my skills to new levels.
With years of self directed art and design experience I started off sketching and painting still lifes and portraits; getting my charcoal portrait of a Cossack displayed as a child. Choosing to expand my talents into young adulthood I honed my soft design skills through clothing design, pattern making and upholstery. More recently I had decided to go back to school to learn how to create furniture from the bottom up. Deciding to further pursue design I obtained a Bachelor of Design degree in Industrial Design at Emily Carr University in 2020 while I explored other various art forms. There I discovered how therapeutic and tactile ceramics could be, and realized my love for expression and exploration through installation, sound art and photography.
As a designer I find it isn’t about making something completely new, it’s about reevaluating how we currently create, interact and how it affects the world around us. Ergonomics, how we read an item, a lot of different aspects go into good design. It is important to create meaningful, intentional products, using an empathic eye to conduct research and consider the needs of each item as it is designed. At ECU within the 4 designated years I conducted many presentations and designed a variety of products or types of work. It turns out I make great furniture maquettes which I found to be useful to explore the end product design prior to going large scale. Large scale prototypes were always exciting and tended to provide the insight of reality.
Additionally, as a multidisciplinary artist who enjoys working within various mediums, I create visually contextual work, mainly focused on photography. To me, photography is a way to speak, express, explore, engage, and understand an experience as a whole. Subject matter changes as I explore my thoughts based on experiences and interactions from the past and present and I tend to offer up a different view due to a multiple chemical sensitivity.
As a Métis person hailing from a small town in Manitoba and growing up with endless fields surrounding me, I feel very strongly linked to the plains land I am from. It is like a breath of fresh air to be down a gravel road with fields on both sides.
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