Shannon Shiang

Laguna Niguel, California
Skins and Stones

What does it mean to be a maker?

Being a maker is to take an idea and through creativity, collaboration, community, ingenuity and hard work; turn that idea into a reality. Being a maker is blend of engineering and art, creating and doing. Being a maker is having the ability to step outside of yourself and push to achieve the goals that we never thought we could.

What are you doing in the Maker community?

Coming from many years at burning man, I have learned that people can be creative and collaborative in many different ways. From this stemmed Skins and Stones with painter, Hans Haveron. We created a jewelry arts collective that works with artists, non-profits and musicians to create jewelry. This project has allowed me to work with a multitude of creative minds that all share the belief in working together for a greater good.

Who are some other Makers you admire and why?

Laura Kimpton - Laura is an incredible sculpture artist and painter. Some of her most notable works of art has been her large scale words on the Playa of burning man. I have always loved her art, but after getting to know her, she revealed to me that she is dyslexic. I love her ability to transform what might be considered a hinderance into a triumph.