On this episode of brave space, I caught up with Rhiannon Hare, a self described graphic designer, artist, illustrator, quilter, and doer or all the things. We met about six years ago when we were both in school in Delaware. Since then, Rhiannon's lived in Portland, OR; Washington, DC; and now Providence, RI.
A queen sized quilt of Rhiannon's, finished in 2016
Rhiannon started quilting around age eight, and she grew up going to quilt guild meetings with her mom. She considers herself to be a beginner quilter, even though she's been quilting for so long, because she's constantly learning new skills and variations. She shares a funny story about what it was like "growing up with quilts." We talk about our mutual desires to make and give heirloom gifts and the challenges with them.
Rhiannon's first quilt at the Pocono Mountain Quilters' Guild Quilt Show in 2001, aside her mom's quilt on the lefthand side. Photo by Robert Hare (top)
Rhiannon's latest quilt in progress, The Modern Fans pattern by Suzy Williams (bottom)
Rhiannon shares how she avoids burnout with her design work since her day job and side projects are different. We talk about how both of our art/marking practices have shifted depending on our environments, and we share similar feelings of guilt when we're not productive and it seems we're not using our time wisely. We pine away for more for more hours in the day to create things, but celebrate the wonder of exploring new places and being a jack of all trades, even if masters of none.
Portland House No. 7 from Rhiannon's Portland Houses series (top)
A photo of Rhiannon by Will Chertoff (bottom)
Big thanks to Rhiannon for chatting with me for this episode! Visit her website and Instagram to learn more about Rhiannon and her work.
Burn, part of an Inktober Series Rhiannon created.