Who Is Elena?
For the gifts
and the calling of God are
Elena's life affirmation:
The only woman I compare myself to...is the woman I used to be!
Elena is, no doubt, an extremely phenomenal God-fearing woman!!!
Designer, personal wardrobe shopper and stylist, poet/recorded artist, model, mentor, motivational speaker, licensed manicurist, published author, mother of three, grandmother of four, all melt together to form this God gearing multi-talented woman!
Elena's interests in fashion and poetry both began when she was just six years of age. It came as no surprise that her six sisters and six brothers would often come to her for fashion advice; seeking something different but trendy to add to their outfits. What will catch you by surprise is that it was at the feet of her deceased father, Edward Sr., that she learned how to crochet!
Despite her obvious knack for coordinating fashions, the demands of early motherhood consumed her time and attention.
"There was no time to get all cute and girly with three children, a job, and a home to tend to," she recalls, "it became convenient to throw my hair in a bun, slip on my baggy jeans and Timberlands, and tackle the many tasks of the day."
Eventually, her children grew older; becoming more independent and less demanding of her time and attention. This would afford her the opportunity to get back to herself, her hopes, her dreams, and her passions to write and design!
As she became more social and outgoing, Elena knew her Timberlands and baggy jeans weren't true representations of her style and charisma. She reflected on what her father taught her and combined it with her passion for fashion, creativity, experimentation, and her desire to be different and produced her very first sweater in 2002!
Much to her surprise many people approached her to inquire, not only of the designer but how they could obtain a crochet garment of their very own. Not only had her crochet garments caught the public eye but they were in public demand! Without a pattern or a sketch, and under complete direction of the Lord, it is amazing (even to herself) how she produces what she envisions with absolute perfection!
Elena Siri specializes in custom made garments for women, men, and children of all shapes and sizes; be it the particularly petite, pleasantly plump, or big and tall. Her styles range from casual to formal, sophisticated or sexy, retro or alluring, conservative or risky!
In 2005, Elena's designs were debuted (opening night) in the stage play "It's Not About You" by Dee Blackmon. Over the years, her designs have been featured in numerous fashion shows including "Baltimores Fashion Week 2008, 2011, and 2013".Articles have appeared in "Name It!" Magazine , "The Razors Edge", "The Baltimore Sun Paper", "The Afro American Newspaper", and "$howca$e Magazine". She has been a guest on "The YvetteJones Show","Style With Trysh", WOLBwith Stephanie Popular and Doni Glover, and has also been featured on "I See Color Live TV" with Jermaine Johnson. She has also been featured in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as-well-as at Coppin State College, Morgan State University, The University of Maryland at Eastern Shore, The Walter's Art Museum, The Baltimore Convention Center, The Mondawmin Mall Holiday Show, The Lexington Market Holiday Show, and The Eubie Blake Center. Elena has spearheaded food drives, clothes drives, and fashion shows as fundraisers for the youth, the needy, the homeless, women of domestic violence, and the fight against Cancer.
Elena has had the incredible opportunity to work alongside Baltimore's fashion guru Travis Winkey and is also the official crochet designer for Mrs. Maryland 2006 and 2007 - Mrs. Adrienne Watson Carver - who wore Elena's designs in the Mrs. Maryland and the Mrs. America Pageant for 2006 and 2007.
In 2006, Elena recorded her first two works, "I Surrendered To His Rythm"and"Like Magic", both of which are featured on "The September Sessions" CD by Lionel Lyles and The Lionel Lyles Quintette.
In the Summer of 2010, Elena added custom crocheted, wood, and beaded jewelry to her fabulous collection!
Elena decided to re-dedicate her life to Christ and was baptized on Resurrection Sunday 2011!
On May 12, 2011, Elena was inducted into the Women Of Power Sisterhoodwhere she was recognized for her commitment to the betterment of communities in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. On June 4, 2011, she hosted her first annual cancer benefit in memory of her father "A Pause for the Cause".
On March, 14, 2013, Elena became an accomplished author; publishing her first book entitled "Epiphany". She has gone against the grain to publish her second book "Hallelujah Anyhow",just twenty four days later, on April 7, 2013.
Alongside Michelle Lee, Elena Siri hosted the 1st "Against All Odds - I'm Still Standing"; giving honor to the extraordinary lives of 5 ordinary people (Jearlean Alston Taylor, Avery Wells, Kelvin V. Smith, Alaina Jenkins, and Shauna Smith).
On May 16, 2015, Elena hosted her show "50 Shades of Elena"during which she showcased 50 new garments! Included in those garments was a new element to ESCC called "Something Old Something New" which is a collection of refurbished clothing items.
Elena Siri DARES YOU TO BE DIFFERENT as she guarantees mouths will drop and heads will turn when you venture out in your Elena Siri custom crochet garment or item of jewelry!