My name is Tessa Sayers, founder of Soul Curiosity. I am an artist, designer, poet, holistic health devotee, history enthusiast and lover of all things vintage. I grew up in Washington State on a llama farm. My curiosity about the world has introduced me to various cultures and communities that have led me to celebrate diversity, inclusiveness, vulnerability, and authenticity.
I am a certified Native artist with my tribe, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa from North Dakota. My indigenous heritage encompasses three tribal communities, Chippewa, Cree and Metis. My creative path started with watercolors and woodland floral beadwork, then expanded into graphic design.
I have a B.A. in Sociology with a focus on Native American studies from Western Washington University. In 2004, I was the Co-director of the Native American Mentoring Program at WWU and spent time on the Lummi Reservation tutoring and mentoring youth. In 2005, I joined the Native American Teacher Training Program to obtain my M.Ed. in Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. From 2007-2010, I was a high school counselor at NAYA ECA, a Native American high school in Portland, Oregon. I then transitioned to the Nike World Headquarters at Nike N7, a brand within Nike that inspires and enables Native and Aboriginal youth to be physically active.
In 2017, I moved closer to home and spearheaded Business Development and Marketing at Wenaha Group, a Native-owned Construction Management company. Currently, I am the Marketing Manager at the Kitsap Regional Library. My personal time is spent in the country with family, my husband, cat Boo, 12 chickens, and our two fur babies Tule and Rollo. I love a good sense of humor, dancing, music, and of course art. Soul Curiosity has been a long-time dream of mine and I feel very fortunate to share it with you. I oversee every aspect of Soul Curiosity; designing, project management, merchandising, photography, marketing, finance, sales, and branding. As the sole female boss lady, I pour my heart and soul into every detail. I hope my story, experience, and platform as an artist will inspire others to create an enriching, restorative, positive, and healthy lifestyle.
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