Meet Your Maker Monday: Yamin and Sid Cespedes
If you go to art events in Houston's East End, odds are you'll run into Yamin and Sid Cespedes. Yamin seems to work the whole time, head down while cutting out metal for rings, bracelets and other jewelry. When we first met a few years ago, Yamin was in a pose like you see below at one of those shows. Sid was there next to him, with her handmade wares that included purses and hats. At home, it's more of the same as Yamin creates from metal and wood, while Sid cuts and stitches her work.
What is your name, company, URL, and social media links?
What do you make?
Yamin: Metal work, carved wood sculptures, carved wood furniture, steampunk goggles, metal jewelry made with aluminum, brass and copper.
Sid: Handbags, wallets, coin purses and hats. All are handmade and some use recycled materials.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Yamin: After my regular day job as a machinist, I come home and start working on my custom orders, wood carvings and new pieces for upcoming events. I never lose an opportunity to create. My evenings are when everything happens – all my ideas come together through my wood carving or through my metal pieces.
Sid: Always on the run busy with scheduling art events, answering emails, taking orders on Yamin's and my work, and ordering materials, Running our household and spending some quality time with family and friends – they keep me going.
Why did you decide to start your own business and why Houston?
Yamin: The jewelry making started as a hobby, making unisex pieces for my wife and me. We got amazing feedback from friends and random people that we would meet. They started to request special pieces made for them and that's how it started – and now is non-stop. The wood carving has always been part of my life and my passion, because my father is a master in wood carving, so I decided to mix both which I love making. Why Houston? Because it is a multicultural city, and it is a diverse city that is full of opportunities for growth.
Sid: I started noticing people really liked my handmade handbags and ordered some styles from me. It really motivated me. It opened my creative side and took me to the next level by making hats, gloves, etc. I just can't quit – I am always thinking what's next. I love to experiment with textures and different fabrics. And it's so rewarding to me when somebody wants to wear one of my pieces – that truly keeps me going and work more on my craft. I decided to start my little traveling shop here because I love Houston – it's a rainbow of people and diversity. I think it has grown so much, and right now it's one of best cities to live in for many positive reasons.
What are your inspirations and how do they guide your work?
Yamin: My inspirations are H.R. Giger's bio-mechanic style, my wood carvings, cinematography, music, and my love for art. All my inspirations guide me to practice and perfect my craft daily.
Sid: My inspirations and guides are love, people, happiness, music, fashion, world travel and art.
What's next for Yamin and Sid Cespedes?
Yamin: Right now working on special orders for some companies and pubs, regular client's orders, getting an early start on Comicpalooza, and making new pieces for my solo show that it's the works.
Sid: Working on new designs and exploring new materials to use.
What do you want people to know about your work?
Yamin: I want people to know that my art is full of possibilities, that people can have a special custom piece made for them that they identify with.
Sid: I want people to know that my work is all handmade, Earth-friendly, somewhat edgy, and that I use recycled materials where I can.