Artist Statement & Biography
Having spent my first 15 years in Japan as a child of missionaries, I find myself drawn to images and art reflecting Japanese ideals.
My “Window” series is about interior and exterior, the safety of being unexposed or hidden and the risk of being exposed and vulnerable. My art is an exploration of my experience of trying to find a place of belonging.
I primarily use hand dyed or painted cottons, silks and nonwovens. Use of sheers, couching and color values give a sense of depth and texture.
Rachel Derstine is a fiber artist living in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. Her works are featured in juried and invitational art shows throughout the country. Her art is installed in institutions including Epic Systems Corporation and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Her art quilts have won awards at American Quilter’s Society – Paducah and Albuquerque, Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Quilt Fest of New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Benchmark Award.