Growing up with a mom that crocheted and embroidered things, I have always loved and been fascinated by what people can create. I actually used to crochet when I was younger, as I would sit on the couch with my mom and practice the technique. Growing up I gave up, but have continued to support people that have that talent. Especially my mom, she's really good.
With that said, I started noticing a lot of people were embroidering on canvas, and framing them. My tattoo artist featured Your Gothic Granny and I immediately followed and got a custom done by Rachel.
I know it's different to have something like this on my Meet The Maker series, but I want to continue featuring makers of all kinds. And I really love my pieces, so I wanted you guys to get to know the mastermind behind them.
So, embroidery is a thing...how did you get started in it?
I have always loved drawing and making and I regularly try to teach myself new things. Embroidery was something that always fascinated me, the tedious stitch work and the amount of detail you can get with it was something I wanted to explore. So one day I bought some materials and just sat down and started. It took a few years for me to get comfortable and confident with stitching, and I am still learning and trying different techniques.
Your pieces are super eclectic and creative as hell, how do you come up with them? And what's your inspiration?
I’ve always liked horror movies and even just slightly spooky things. Honestly, the Harry Potter movies are a big inspiration for me, as well as more extreme horror films like Martyrs. Whether it’s a fun sort of spooky, or a serious kind of spooky, I’m probably into it.
What has been your favorite piece you have ever created?
Around the holidays I was asked to make a custom piece that was Alice In Wonderland themed. I used only black thread and really enjoyed it. I’m hoping to make more pieces in that style.
Besides embroidery, what are your other favorite hobbies and interests?
I love plants and gardening, painting, cooking, and being outside. I live in the woods of Northern New Jersey and love hiking with my pup and going for bike rides through the botanical garden in town with my husband.
If a piece was created by someone else, to represent you, what would it include?
Probably some beautiful and poisonous plants and animal skulls, a nice decaying and regrowing woodland scene of some kind.
What is the first thought that comes to mind when I mention the word food?
I made this vegan Buffalo Chickpea dip two out of the last 3 weekends and I still want some more, so right now, that’s what I’m thinking of.
You're in a forest, lost and you have no cell phone, what do you do?
Use the sun to figure out which direction is west and walk, there’s gotta be something.
On the same topic, if you didn't have a phone for a week, what would happen?
I would probably get a lot of work done or read some of the many books I have had lying around.
What is one thing you could currently change about the world?
I don’t know if I alone have the power to change anything. I am currently trying to make some pieces for a Silent Auction to benefit the homeless shelter in my home town. I think working on a local level can really help a lot of people in need. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the political climate and everything that’s happening, so sometimes it helps to think of ways to benefit your own community.
Where would you go right now, if you could go anywhere with no restrictions?
Harry Potter world at Universal Studios Florida. I really want to check out the Diagon Alley attractions.
What one thing that is hyped up, that you just can't seem to understand?
LaLa Land, for sure.
What were the last 5 songs you listened to?
Yowler by Yowler, Texas by Pile, The Gardener by The Tallest Man on Earth, and all the songs ever written by Hop Along.
Lastly, share absolutely anything your heart desires.
I really don’t have anything! Just that as I write this it’s Friday and I’m excited to spend some time with some friends I haven’t seen in a while and I hope it stops snowing...
I'm glad to report after Rachel's questions were sent, snow did slow down, but it got extremely cold the following week!
So there you have it...it seems Rachel is super into Harry Potter, so if you ever wanted a Harry Potter inspired piece, she's your girl.
If you were to get a custom piece, what would you choose to have on it? Mine was tea and sunflowers.