Meet Rachel - artist, mother, partner, and all-around style muse from Portland, Maine. We parterned with Rachel to redesign our in-order postcards to ensure those add a little beauty to your home instead of just ending up in the recycling. Hang it on your fridge, frame it by your desk, pin it to your wall of color for yet another addition of elevated design in your space.
Tell us a little about yourself and your journey as an artist? Are you self-taught?
My name is Rachel Gloria Adams and I live in Portland, ME. I have two daughters, Zoë and Norah, and they are wild. My husband and I are both artists. My mom is an artist and art teacher and I grew up visiting her classroom.
After rebelling against the inevitable I decided that after high school I would go to art school. I have maintained a studio practice since leaving art school and currently have an interdisciplinary practice including textile design, painting, quilting and mural painting.
Where do you find inspiration? What fuels your creative process?
Everyday life. we are constantly surrounded by art from bedspreads, gallery visits, conversations with peers, tattoo flash, Marimekko, gees bend quilts.
How do you find a balance between work, running your own business, and spending time with your family?
I’ll let you know when I figure it out. 😂
You and your husband are both artists. Is painting and practicing creativity something you also share with your daughters?
Yes! Our parents nurtured our creativity and we are doing the same. The girls love art and they enjoy drawing with us and our friends. My oldest actually can pick out who of our friends painted what mural in town without prompting. It’s also great to use art as a method of learning.
Is there a piece or project you’ve done that is your favorite or stands out to you the most?
I did two paintings of my daughters and I and they are so representative of where I have been at with motherhood. The figures are colorful and they sit in a white background and it speaks to the isolation of motherhood - especially when your partner travels for work and being black girls in the ultra-white state of Maine.
I am also very excited about these quilts I’ve been making. I feel pure joy when piecing these together!
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