Siobhan (Smith) van Winkel is a fiber artist and machine maker. She grew up in Chicago IL and received her BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago. In her senior year she won the John Quincy Fellowship Award, and received an exchange scholarship to CCA in the Bay Area, for a year of study.
Teaching Expreiences have included classes in Textiles, Found Object Jewelry, Outer Space Art, Improvisation, Performance, Rhythm, Instrument building, Embellishment, and Fashion Design.
She was published and her work was auctioned in the ArtLink Sotheby's Young Art Auction, where her work was sold in 3 international cities, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Chicago.
In 2000 she opened Siobhan van Winkel FunKtional Art, on Telegraph Ave in Oakland, a handmade and self-designed kids clothing store. She operated this 'Woman owned, Mama powered' shop for 9 years showcasing multiple artists works, creating pieces in her studio, providing custom work, and raising her daughter, Hazel. She focused on handmade, locally made, organic, and fair trade clothing, and toys. Her store was featured in many write up's including; Oakland Magazine, SF Chronicle, won Best of the Bay, and was a Finalist for the Innovator Award at the Oakland Indies etc. This helped spread the word about her blend of whimsical fashion, and custom work. She participated in numerous juried shows including; Live Oak Art Fest ( Berkeley), Harmony Festival (Santa Rosa), American Craft Council Show ( San Francisco 2013), Bizarre Bizarre at the Armory ( San Franscisco), 57th Street Art Fair (Chicago IL) etc.
Upon closing her store she went to graduate school at California College of the Arts and received her MFA in 2015.
She is currently working full time in her studio, focusing on creating wearable art, sculptural objects and large sensory machines.
Her practice is initiated and informed by the process of sewing and merging different media: rescued leather, fabric, and found objects.
She teaches at various venues, creates performances with her movable sculptures, collaborates with other artists, and has trunk shows.