About the Artist
|Rachel Stirling is a jewelry artist now living in Portland, OR (formerly in the DC area) who is inspired by the unlimited creative possiblities in handcrafted jewelry. She is known for her dynamic juxtaposition of unique colors, shapes, and textures to create one-of-a-kind adornments. She loves working with metal, forming something beautiful and new out of raw material. She also loves working with natural materials, such as stone, pearls, and wood, yet finds it hard to resist the allure of a sparkling crystal. Rachel is a bit of a perfectionist, so every piece has a lot of time invested in it, ensuring that not only are the colors, flow, design, and shape exactly right, but that no corners were cut in creating a piece that will last. Rachel Stirling creates stunning pieces with a touch of whimsy for the woman looking for a dramatic statement.
Rachel Stirling has been beading, sewing, and doing crafts since she was little. Even though she got her degree in Elementary Education, her creative spirit could not be put on hold. In 2004, she borrowed a friend's set of pliers to make a special necklace to wear for her mother's wedding. She ventured out on her first trip to a real bead store and was absolutely amazed by the inspiring colors, shapes, and textures of all the beautiful beads. It was the start of a renewed love for beading and a passion for finding new ways to work with wire. Rachel started using higher quality beads, stringing material, and wire and her pieces and jewelry techniques gradually became more and more refined and she began selling her pieces to friends and doing shows. She now has her own jewelry business, doing shows and selling in boutiques. She still puts her teaching skills to good use with classes in the Washington DC area and beyond. Rachel's ability to demonstrate and clearly explain things in a variety of ways, as well as the fun projects she creates, is why people love her classes.
A lot of people ask, "What does the '121' stand for?" Some think it came from having one hundred and twenty one necklaces and others think it is for some one-to-one ratio in the design. It's actually Rachel's birthday ~ January 21.
When she's not creating a new piece or teaching classes, Rachel spends much of her free time dancing. She loves all types of dancing, but she most often can be found on a social dance floor swing or blues dancing. She also is a founding member of Capital Blues, which organizes a weekly blues dance and a few larger events spanning an entire weekend. She also immensely enjoys snuggling up with her adorable cat.
"When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."
~R. Buckminster Fuller
US architect & engineer (1895 - 1983)