Hello! My name is Rachel, and I’ll be participating in Martins Ferry’s first Picnic in the Park. While I‘m an artist, I won‘t have many hard copies of my work to sell, save for some postcard sized prints. I will, however, be offering a hodgepodge of handmade jewelry, including beaded bracelets, both feathered and wire wrapped earrings, pin back buttons, some interesting pendants and rings made with nail polish, and more. While I’m not selling much of my art, I will have my portfolio on display for anyone who is interested, and I will be offering hand-drawn commissions as well.
I’m a self taught artist (save for the occasional tutorials and ‘how to draw’ books helping me along), and I’ve been drawing since I could pick up a pencil. As a child, I found inspiration in Disney films, Sailor Moon episodes, and music; and, to this day, I still cite Peter Gabriel’s music video for “Sledgehammer” as one of my earliest influences. Along the way, I delved further into Japanese animation, around middle school; Cartoon Network’s old ‘Toonami’ was my staple. This followed through into high school, and really started showing through in my art style. As time has passed, my interest in anime has waned (not completely, but I’m certainly a lot more choosy as to what I watch) but is still ingrained in the core of my art style. I’ve since been developing it into my own unique style, while still retaining its eastern influence.
When it comes to jewelry, it started with wire wrapping and blossomed from there; much like with my art, I looked up a few tutorials to get me started in the right direction, and took off with it, putting my own spin on things. I love working with wire, which most of my pieces involve somehow, semiprecious stones, and interesting looking beads (’Cracked Ice’ beads are some of the coolest things ever!) My favorite colors to work with are earth tones, or blues, pinks, greens, and purples. One of these days I’ll delve more into warm colors, though.
I just hope that everyone enjoys my works as much as I enjoy making them! I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to see everyone there!