As The Healer, Siân is an idealist, full of imagination & curiosity, keen to consider possibilities, and hopeful for a future better than the reality of the present moment. She has a special affection for the arts and creativity in general. She’s also a pursuer of authenticity and meaning, but with an unusual sensitivity, caring, and compassion not usually associated with those who chase after truth. Siân is deeply concerned with the potential of others and that expresses itself in somewhat occasional (but always profound) encouragement to her fellow humans; She is accepting and nonjudgmental of them which is what makes her so approachable, endearing, and supportive.
Siân was born in NW England, but her family is Welsh; she lived there until she was 14 and then moved to Gainesville, Florida where her stepdad opened a rally car school. For Siân, “moving to the US was huge in terms of forming me, having moved from an urban, eclectic culture in England and then gaining an understanding of a different culture in the US.” Those experiences led to a passion for people and culture. “Sometimes people don’t go out of their way to understand a culture beyond what we’re shown.” Her upbringing in England wasn’t sheltered and gave her a compassion for lower economic neighborhoods and having immigrated herself, she has a huge passion for immigrants coming to America. She feels like she’s an "in-between" having come from an English speaking country, but was still an immigrant. “I’m a traveler, rather than just a British person or an American person."
Siân has always been attracted to art. She started with drawing, but ended up loving a combination of artistic expression combined with journalistic observation because she is captivated by the more social aspects of culture. Siân attended audio school and loves sound design since it relates back to capturing the sensory part of life. “I love that idea of taking existing things and then showing them through your perspective.” However, her simultaneous interest in meaning led her to study philosophy at DePaul in Chicago. Side note: while there, her family (including younger brother, James) moved to Cleveland, Ohio which is why Siân landed there afterwards. She places a high priority on the equal exchange of ideas and the equal opportunity to flourish. As such she is keenly interested in the stories of other humans, particularly those on the disadvantaged end of justice. Social justice is a significant interest of Siân’s. "There’s something about social justice that makes me feel connected. From an early age, I’ve always felt like I should speak out.”
- Video Production, particularly serving as Director, Editor or Director of Photography.
- Experienced and versatile in interview driven video production
- On location and "Run & gun”-style shoots
- Deep experience in audio and sound design in addition to video production.
Q&A with Siân
What's the best part of your story so far?
The opportunities I have had to travel so much and intertwine my passion for culture and people with my passion for filmmaking and photography. It really has fueled a fascination in documentary and photojournalism.
Being in Paris in January 2015 during the Charlie Hebdo attack and the march for solidarity afterwards was a huge turning point in that for me. Over three million people and 50 world leaders marched together in response to the attacks for freedom of expression, for solidarity. I'll never forget being there. The images from that event were in my first photography exhibit and pushed me into exploring my personal work beyond the street photography I was doing at that time.
What organization or company inspires you and why?
Leviathan is a conceptual design company in Chicago. They created an amazing visual tour for Amon Tobin. They take visual effects to a creative, craftsmanship level. I love their innovative creativity.
What is something no one would ever believe to be true about you?
I’m a raving and devoted fan of Swenson’s. And especially the breaded mushrooms!
What are you passionate about related to the work you do in serving others?
I'm passionate about telling someone's story in a visual and creative way. It's like giving a voice to who someone is or what their business values and thats exciting to me.
What are you doing when you feel most like you?
In an alternative life, what would you want to give a try?
Viticulture (horticulture for vineyards). It’s the opposite of what I do now. It’s back to the basics.
What aspect of ipso's culture resonates with you the most?
Probably the people aspect. ipso prioritizes making connections and relationships with people.
What does "flourishing" mean to you?
Humans reaching/maximizing their potential. Growing a potential of yourself that you didn’t even know you had.