Rachel Morrison graduated from the Crafts and Design Program at Sheridan College in the spring of 2011. She creates both wearable and fiber art pieces using traditional techniques in innovative ways. They range from dye and print with vegetable dyes and natural resists, to embroidery, burning, and rust.
Morrison has been the recipient of a number of awards, including a Harbourfront Craft Studio Scholarship. She has exhibited in venues including the Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, the MacLaren Art Centre, and as part of the Hamilton Arts Crawl.
Previous education was completed at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she graduated with a degree in Psychology as well as Fine Art. Combining these interests, she is now focusing on developing a career in Arts Education.
My work is very intuitive, and process oriented. I feel as though I have a rather symbiotic relationship with the materials and processes that I choose to work with; we are constantly responding to each other’s actions and reactions. I think that’s why I am drawn to using flame as a drawing tool, you can only control it so much, and so the final piece ends up being more of a collaboration. It also lends itself well thematically, as my work is often about creating beauty from the ugly and unexpected. The series that you see here was inspired by microscopic imagery of molds and disease. The shapes and patterning they create are quite lovely.
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