Gallery

"Garden Greens" by Rachel Biel, 2009

“Garden Greens” by Rachel Biel, 2009

I’ve experimented with many craft techniques and worked seriously with clay for four years.  Difficulties and expense with renting studio space coupled with a longing to work at home turned me towards fabric.  Although I had taken a sewing class in High School and studied some Brazilian embroidery techniques, I am pretty much self-taught.  I started out making wonderful hats and sold them at art fairs.  Then the quilting bug bit me and I took on several large projects for several years.  I like hand work, bringing bits of pieces together to make a larger whole.  I still can’t figure out how to do zippers or button holes very well…  But, since I launched TAFA in 2010,  I haven’t had much time to explore this creative side.  I am hoping that this will change soon.  Watch the blog on this site for updates.

A few of my best pieces are shown here.  Check the “I Made This” section on the home page for more.

 

Sidney's Ties

Sidney’s Ties

 

Textile Book

50th Anniversary Gift for My Parents, 2010

 

Soft Sculpture Wall Hanging

Honey Island, 2008

 

Inter-American Quilts with Allison Svoboda

Inter-American Project with Allison Svoboda

Collaboration with Allison Svoboda (I did the quilting and finishing.)

Paper: 

I have also been interested in the paper candy wrapper technique and have made several pieces with that.

wallpaper purse

The following were all made with dog food bags:

A couple of hats:

yo-yo hat

Carbuncle

 

prairie points hat by rayela art

Prairie Points

The Prairie Point hat made it into this book:

1000 Artisan Textiles book



5 responses to “Gallery”

  1. meta says:

    It’s a very beautiful design!

  2. ISABELLE says:

    EXTRAORDINAIRE ! QUEL TALENT…. VOUS AVEZ UNE IMAGINATION ET UN SAVOIR FAIRE MERVEILLEUX.
    JE SUIS IMPRESSIONNEE PAR LES SACS EN MORCEAUX DE PAPIER PEINT TRESSE : COMMENT FAITES VOUS POUR QUE LE SAC NE SE DECHIRE PAS ?
    BON CHEMIN CREATIF A VOUS !

  3. Rayela says:

    Thank you, Meta!

    Isabelle- I used google translator to decipher your message. When the paper is folded several times it becomes thick and strong, so it will not tear easily. The braids are sewn with a thick string, like dental floss, so that also adds strength. But, still, they are art bags, not for everyday use.

    I’m glad you liked them!

  4. ISABELLE says:

    Oh, thanks so much for your answer… I did’nt see it ! I will try to answer you in english, excuse me for my fauts…..
    thank you for your explanations. It”s amazing and very very creative. Perhaps you ‘ll can use sometimes this bag on summer time (rainless weather…) ?
    Yes I like your creations very very much. I love things which have been create by several and mixed materials.
    so long !

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