Rachel A. McGillivray, Log Cabin Security, 2019
From Glengarry County, Eastern Ontario, Rachel A. MacGillivray is a multi-disciplinary textile artist and Mother who has made her home near Fredericton, NB. Working with natural materials, especially wool, is a cornerstone of her practice, which includes knitting, stitching, spinning, and gardening. Moved by the connections we all seem to make with cloth and clothing, reusing garments and old textiles is important in her studio, as are sustainability and the local textiles movement. Like many, the pandemic experience has greatly affected her work, and she’s now breaking out of the boundaries of her studio and leaning into gardening as artistic exploration. The realities of Motherhood and the blurring of all aspects of her life have also had critical impacts on her work and perspective.
Rachel is an instructor and studio head of textile design at the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries including the Louvre, Canadian War Museum, Andrew & Laura McCain Gallery, and the Okanagan Heritage Museum. She has been the recipient of ArtsNB Creation Grants and national awards. Passionate about sharing her love of textiles, her writings have been published in PLY Magazine and Created Here.
Thanks to the support of the Connexion Artist-Run Centre and its Connexion Exchange Mentorship Program, Rachel has become involved with the ECH through a mentorship with Ron Benner.
Find more on her website: rachelmac.space
Devolution Triptych, 2018