Entering into Sienna Martz’s home studio, you might find her working in the midst of bolts of silk, piles of wool, styrofoam, yarn, or even thousands of q-tips. Not exactly what you might expect to find in a sculpture artist’s studio. But this 24-year old is no ordinary sculpture artist.
Growing up with a composer and fine artist father and a mother working in fashion magazines, Sienna was imbued with a passion for art and interest in fashion at a young age. The idea of creating things (paintings, sculptures, etc) was always just “second nature” to her and the thought of being a professional artist didn’t occur to her until later.
While studying at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Sienna was introduced to new materials and methods of sculpture using fibers and textile techniques. For her “the methods instantly clicked” and soon she found herself moving her sculptures away from traditional spaces and onto the body, entering the world of wearable art. “It’s incredible to make a piece that can move and interact with a space using the body as its outlet.”
These days, her artistic process is largely experimental, spanning different methods and materials to produce pieces that range in size from hats (like the one she wears below) to 40 foot long hanging installations (also below). Each one can take her 50 to 600 hours to create. And though it can be a long and frustrating experience to produce something she’s happy with, Sienna loves what she does. “It’s not a job for me. It’s my passion, an outlet for self-expression and thought, a way to communicate without words…and a way for me to relax.”
But being an artist isn’t Sienna’s only line of work. As we discovered from her Backstory, Sienna also has a nine to five job as a Trend Concept and Fashion Research Assistant for Deb Shops Inc. In her words, “both worlds feed each other significantly.” Being able to keep a close eye on high fashion influences and shapes the wearable sculptures that she creates. A prime example can be found in piece she was asked to commission for the Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum in Seoul, South Korea.
Entitled River of Red Silk, her hand-dyed silk evening gown is currently shown in the center display case of the “Wearable Art: Inspiration in Thread” exhibition. The exhibition, which offers a window into global fashion through contemporary fiber artists and fashion designers from around the world, also represents two firsts for Sienna. It’s her first time showing her work internationally and the first time one of her pieces is displayed in a museum.
Now she’s working on her next piece, a commissioned wearable for cellist Daniel De Jesus, which he will wear while performing and which represents his album, Fuente de Amor.
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