Rachel Chambers is a Fibers Artist from Philadelphia, PA. She received a B.F.A. in Fiber Arts from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, an M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art/Temple University, and an M.Ed from Keene State College. Her teaching career began as an artist in residence at Kutztown University, then she went on to head the Fibers Department there as a sabbatical replacement for 2 years. Rachel has been a first grade teacher, a special education tutor, and a K-5 art teacher in Keene, NH. During the summer she is the Director of Summer Visual Art at Walnut Hill School. Rachel’s work has been exhibited nationally, and she received a NICHE Award in 2006. At Walnut Hill, Rachel teaches Weaving, Sculptural Fiber Arts, and Wearable Sculpture.
Her work, based in Fiber Arts, focuses on use of materials and inventiveness. Looking to biology and geography for inspiration, she is creating landscapes of texture and color that can be compared to maps and spaces that live internally. Cell structures or animal cells can look a lot like aerial views of the earth. Growth of fungi on a fallen log can be looked at as a mountain range if the proper scale presents itself. Through stitching, beadwork, found objects, hand dying, and painting Rachel is creating her own landscapes.