Rachel Meginnes’s fascination with weaving and art began in high school and has continued to grow ever since. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College in 1999, Rachel followed her interest in textiles by traveling to northern Japan to study the traditional crafts of ikat and indigo dyeing. Upon returning to the States, she apprenticed as a rug weaver and continued her study of art and textiles by moving to Seattle and earning her Master of Fine Arts degree in Fibers at the University of Washington in 2005.
Although no longer working directly at the loom, Rachel has kept many of her weaving processes alive in her current studio practice. As a dedicated artist, she accepts and encourages her need to work hands-on with her materials and enjoys the solitude that comes along with producing such methodical work. Her original love for the plainweave structure has never ceased and she continues to believe that there is infinite possibility in the most basic of methods.
Rachel is currently a resident artist at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.