Trained as a weaver, Rachel Meginnes’s fascination with textiles began in high school. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College in 1999, Rachel followed her interest in textiles by travelling to Northern Japan to study the traditional crafts of saki-ori, ikat, and indigo dyeing. Upon returning to the States, she apprenticed as a rug weaver and continued her study of art and textiles by moving to Seattle to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree in Fibers at the University of Washington in 2005. From 2005-2011, Rachel co-owned and operated Dorjé Contemporary, LLC a custom rug design company producing hand-knotted, Tibetan carpets for the interiors trade. 2012 marked a significant shift in Rachel’s career when she dedicated herself to being a studio artist full time. This past August, she completed a three-year residency at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.
Although no longer working directly at the loom, Rachel has kept many of her weaving processes alive in her current studio practice. Integrating textiles with painting, Rachel accepts and encourages her need to work hands-on with her materials and enjoys the solitude that comes along with producing such methodical work. Her original love for the plain weave structure has never ceased and she continues to believe that there is infinite possibility in the most basic of methods.