My name is Rachel Oswald, and I’m a fiber artist working in the quaint haven of Jamaica Plain, MA. I grew up in a suburb in Central Massachusetts, where I spent my energy crafting and building things in the woods.
I identify as an introverted creature of the studio, my belief system best described as sarcastic optimism. My inspiration comes from emotion, color and pattern. Significant experiences that have had an impact upon my creative life have been: exploring my grandfather’s basement wood shop, living near bodies of water, making friendship bracelets, and going to museums and arts & crafts shows with my mother.
My way of working is cyclical; I usually have several projects going on at once, at various stages of completion. I have kept sketchbooks since I was a young child. For me, my projects serve several purposes. This is where I turn my vulnerabilities into strengths, where obsession becomes beauty, and where trauma fuels passion. My materials are often recycled, upcycled, inherited, found, collected, gifted, or purchased secondhand.
I graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2015 with a dual major in Studio Art Education and Fibers. I enjoy weaving, teaching, music and being outdoors.