Rena Aiken owes her love of sewing and crafting to her mother who taught her how to sew at the early age of five, she has been creating ever since. She studied 'Early Childhood Education' at SUNY Old Westbury and 'Costume Design' at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. After her education in NY, she moved to Taiwan where she ran her own ESL Language School for children aged 3-17. She settled here in the Bay Area over a decade ago with her two young boys and husband because of the richness in culture and creativity.
Rena has worked on costume design and set design for child centered theater, as well as, mentored University level design students in production of their original work.
Here at the Creative Canopy, Rena Aiken teaches 'Fiber Arts', specializing in original plush designs with a particular focus on beginners and child appropriate levels of sewing.
Rena is also a Certified Birthing Doula and soon to be Certified Respiratory Care Practitioner having graduated as an adult learner Magna Cum Laude. Rena loves crocheting, knitting, embroidery, twig weaving, miniature furniture building, sewing, pattern making, jewelry, sculpture, fairy garden, and candle, soap, and terrarium making. Rena is ecstatic to be a part of the Creative Canopy family where she can share her love of working with young people to tap into their imaginations and nurture their creativity.