We had the good fortune of connecting with Aleya Lanteigne and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Aleya, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I’ve been fortunate to use the past few months in quarantine as a way to reflect on my art practice: what it means to me, and where I want it to go. In November I launched an online craft market for handmade goods and unique art with two of my closest friends. For the past year, it has been difficult to feel connected to these friends and other artists/makers. We decided to start Cumulus Cooperative to keep in touch, exchange ideas, and work across disciplines. We’re excited to collaborate with more artists and continue the legacy of craft with community and thoughtful objects.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

In my conceptual art practice, I focus on how women transform their bodies in order to meet societal standards of beauty and fashion. I’m interested in how women of the Victorian era utilized underpinnings, then at the height of exaggeration and extreme, to alter the shape of their form. My goal is to dissect these historical examples and see how they compare to contemporary conceptions of beauty. I want viewers to see history, memory, and home For my work to take them to a memory where they have had an experience with a material that I used, or even a familiar smell. My goal is to elicit conversation, whether it be historical or personal. I am still influenced by Victorian clothing and furniture, but since we have been in lockdown for over a year I have been focusing on taking care of my plants and my home. I’ve learned that you need to enjoy the small moments in life to keep creative momentum going. It can be overwhelming and cause burn-out to force yourself to create, we must remember that we are human, not machines.
Since starting Cumulus Cooperative I have been focusing on making small art pieces, some functional, while others are wearable. I have to think more intentionally about the home, the body, and how these objects fit in with our lives.
I’m excited about being involved with The San Diego Made Summer Market, the first week of May.  I will have jewelry, home goods, and prints for purchase! Looking forward to doing more markets in the future, make sure to give @cumuluscooperative a follow to see what we are up to!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of the best things about living in San Diego is being able to go on hikes in many different terrains. I bring my dog to Fiesta Island multiple times a month, and this time of year is great because the wild flowers are in bloom. It’s always great to BBQ at Fiesta Island/ Mission Bay, get there early enough to secure a fire pit! Skating at liberty station is a good time, they set-up an ice rink in the winter, but you can skate there for free the rest of the year. There is also a trail to walk on, great museums, and a few great places to eat, like The Fig Tree Café. You need to visit the beach at least once, I like to take my dog to the OB Dog Beach occasionally. Her favorite thing to do is smell the seaweed, I would not recommend! OB noodle house is a great place to have lunch/dinner, and make sure to swing by Vervor Shop on Voltaire St. to say “Hi!” to Aaron and pick up a piece of handmade art! I could(and have) spent a whole day at The San Diego Safari Park, plan to bring plenty of water and pack lunch/snacks. My favorite places to visit are the aviaries, there are so many beautiful birds to see! Make sure to have a chill day at home, take a nap in a hammock and read a book, or work on a project. It’s always fun to have a craft day at home with friends and chill. Perhaps order take-out and have a picnic at Kate Sessions Park or Balboa Park. Hopefully one day of the week the sky is clear so you can head to Sunset Cliffs and watch the beautiful sunset cascade over the ocean.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The people who have helped me get to where I am are endless. I would not be here if it wasn’t for the women who persevered for a seat at the table in the woodworking industry, as well the Arts.

Website: cumuluscooperative.com , aleyalanteigne.com

Instagram: @cumuluscooperative , @ah_le_luh , @ aleya_lanteigne_

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aleyalanteigne/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cumuluscoop

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