Siân Dorman graduated in Textile Design from UAL and worked as a teaching technician for 7 years until she worked out how to make a living from her creations. She did Visionnaires’ groundbreaking programme a year ago.
Siân met Pablo Lloyd and Danica Celebic from Visionnaires and told us: “It’s not easy to make a living as a creative maker, but with the right help it’s possible”.
Her stunning work can now be seen and bought at London Made Up at 59 Regent Street, London until Tuesday 20 December.
Her jewellery ‘for eco warriors’, avant-garde costumes, headwear and framed art are made entirely from recycled materials. See all creations on Sian Dorman Creations.
She gets her materials from Olio and through her local borough in Haringey. She also runs creative workshops in schools and community centres in the borough.
Siân met Pablo Lloyd and Danica Celebic from Visionnaires and told us “It’s not easy to make a living as a creative maker, but with the right help it’s possible”.
She did one of Visionnaires’ groundbreaking programmes a year ago and also got help with her website design from the renowned creative incubator Cockpit, supported by the London Creative Network, and her retailing from the innovative retail initiative London Made Me. “It really helped my confidence and showed me that one-off creations could be sold at a sensible price. Trainer Wendy Breakell and mentor Rob Howsam were key in helping me along and I still keep in touch with them.”
“I’m happy I haven’t had to dip into my savings” said Siân “and I’m now working on a new brand for my jewellery as well as continuing to run creative workshops and occasional commissions for luxury costumes and headwear”.
You can buy her stunning, affordable jewellery at London Made Up: https://www.london.gov.uk/programmes-strategies/arts-and-culture/make-date-london-0/london-made-me-pop-shop at 59 Regent Street, London until Tuesday 20 December. See also https://www.siandormancreations.co.uk.