Owner & Designer
“Thinking back on my childhood, while most children daydream about being firefighters, astronauts & doctors, I dreamt of becoming an interior designer.”
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. 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.
“Design & creating by hand has always come naturally to me.”
Growing up in the countryside in Quebec, Canada Celine had lots of quiet time to read and delve into projects. Celine attended French-speaking schools until the age of 15 and can read, write and speak fluent French. Being an introvert, she naturally gravitated towards solo hobbies and developed a love for learning new things and working with her hands. Some of her favorite skilled hobbies include printmaking, bookbinding, and darkroom photography. Using a mix of these skills she made her debut on Etsy in 2001 selling handmade wedding guest books and photo albums but after a few years she decided to try something new and study graphic design.
Recently, she’s missed making things with her hands, so when she saw a posting for a position at Keyaiira, she was excited as this combined two of her favorite things- her love of making things by hand & design.
Celine can be found in the studio processing orders, answering messages and designing our marketing materials. Oh, and keeping our plants alive :)
Many of the raw materials used originate from local small batch producers & Fibershed farms.
Fibershed is a local non-profit organization that develops regenerative textile systems that are based on carbon farming, regional manufacturing, and protection of our biosphere.
All leather hides used in our designs are by-products of the
beef industry. They are responsibly sourced from a local vendor
that aligns with the same ethical and environmentally
friendly mindset as we do.
We conscientiously source materials from local vendors, small businesses & farms. By doing this, we support our local community & also reduce transportation emissions.
Our goal is to be mindful of our planet by making conscious choices.
Plant Based Materials
Inspired by the love of nature, our designs use unexpected materials such as wood, tree bark, plant based dyes, dried plants & vegetable tanned leather.
Usage of plant based materials brings our work full circle, benefiting the soil & planet, making our home décor biodegradable.
In 2014, Keyaira opened an Etsy shop, selling unique handbags with leather accents. Naturally evolving and self-taught, she transitioned into custom leather work and tapestry weaving. Keyaira completed her first fiber installation piece in 2016 for the office of Michael Cantwell, MD. In 2018 she started teaching her unique style of weaving at several venues across the bay area. 2019 brought a new opportunity for Keyaira; she combined her love of leather and fiber in her first solo exhibition at Gallery 212 in Sonoma, California.
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.