meet the riel rebecca

meet the riel rebecca

Hey you! Welcome to our crazy house! I fell in love with weaving about five years ago and haven't stopped  since. I love experimenting with textures and I'm extremely passionate about using unique and recycled fibres in all my pieces. More recently I've started teaching weaving workshops at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, in the hopes that others will find it as therapeutic as I have.  

Here's a few random facts. I have a background in social work and political science. I have two sons who are the reason my hair is 90% grey and an amazing husband who happily lets me cut up his old clothes when I want to make yarn, and begrudgingly takes photos for me sometimes. 

yarn: unspun

the story behind my favourite fibres

I love using a variety of textures in my tapestries and I have a pretty sweet yarn stash at this point! My favourite yarns to work with are hand spun and hand dyed, which I source from other small shops around the world. I’m also passionate about using recycled and reclaimed fibre in my work. You can frequently find denim, mudcloth, and recycled wool in my tapestries. They look unreal, and are also better for the environment. When you commission a custom piece, you can select the type of yarn that speaks to you!

inspiration: unravelled

I draw my artistic inspiration from my experiences living both in and out of province, in both urban and rural settings.  Living out of province for a while definitely gave me a greater appreciation for all of the gifts Manitoba has to offer and that comes through in my tapestries.

 

I’m often inspired by prairiescapes and anything native to Manitoba. A lot of my clients are Manitobans who are proud of their prairie roots and want that to shine through in their "mapestry."

weaving together story and place

 
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