Keyaiira | leather + fiber
Santa Rosa, CA
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Article on the Blog: All of Her Own Making: Designer and Fiber Artist Keyaira Terry
Keyaira Terry is an artist with a bold spirit and an old soul. Born and raised in Ukiah, a small farm town in Northern California, Keyaira had a childhood that was deeply connected to the soil and earth, learning to use everything around her as a tool or resource. Keyaira spent her formative years with her grandmother sewing, tending to the land they lived on, and caring for an array of farm animals. Trading goods and commodities among their close-knit farm community was commonplace and shaped Keyaira’s perspective on sustainability and the true meaning of “locally sourced”. Keyaira recalls utilizing all the resources available to her and minimizing waste as being a paramount part of her existence, “if we didn’t have it we made it, if something broke we fixed it”. These collective experiences helped cultivate Keyaira as an artist and inspire her present-day work and ethos — A homespun nostalgia with a modern sensibility, rooted by a love for natural, sustainable, and ethically sourced materials.
Founded in 2014 as a response to years of working in corporate health care and observing that my values & priorities did not align with that of big business. She felt that community, meaningful heartfelt human connections & mindfully sourced materials needed to be prioritized. These are the pillars that Influence and continue to drive her present-day work & ethos.
Keyaira initially launched her brand with a boutique assortment of handmade bags & leather goods. She has since expanded to include a robust lifestyle line, fiber works, commissioned pieces & artistic collaborations all powered by a small but passionate team.
Keyaira currently resides in Santa Rosa, California with her husband, Weston, and their two English bulldogs, Lola and Olive. She splits her time between running her own business as a designer and maker, weaving instructor, and creating commissioned pieces.
She has collaborated with companies such as Ariat, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, 3north, Studio 11 Designs, Bustle Events and has been featured by Apartment Therapy, Amazon Handmade, Etsy, American Farmhouse Style Magazine, and Sonoma Magazine.