“Woven Worlds: Structures, Science & Metaphors” with Rachel Hefferan
Rachel will walk through her journey as a weaver over the last five years. Rachel’s process of making artwork, not unlike weaving itself, is a complicated web of influences that mingle and impact the result. Rachel will describe the ways in which microbiology, brewing beer, changing landscapes, and health, led her to making the work she is now. As well as the importance of returning to a floor loom and making work more slowly in between times of access to the TC2 digital jacquard. Rachel will also share source imagery, thoughts behind her use of color, polypeptide chain titles and the metaphors being made through her use of adjacent and differing structures.
Rachel (Meyers) Hefferan is weaver, homesteader, and active environmentalist. At her home in Fennville, Michigan she cares for sheep, goats, chickens, bees, and a large garden. Her life and artistic practice continually cross pollinate, exchanging influences between home and studio practice. Rachel first learned to weave from Sherri Smith at the University of Michigan where she completed her undergraduate studies, and has since received a Masters in Fine Arts from the Fibers and Materials Studies department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Rachel was the TC2 Digital Jacquard weaving resident at the Icelandic Textile Center in September 2021 and has been invited to show work internationally.