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Meet Rachel Breuklander of The Lark’s Head in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Breuklander.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I first picked up macrame in an attempt to both de-stress from my day job and to find my way back to my creative roots- as a child I was always artistic, but some of the responsibilities of adulthood had left me with very little time to explore that side of myself for years. I realized that creating, in whatever form it takes, is an essential part of my identity and self-expression, and my years without it had robbed me of that joy. So I dabbled in many art forms but immediately fell in love with all of the possibilities that macrame provided and The Lark’s Head was born! Macrame serves as almost a therapy for me and my passion for creating new techniques and styles has continued to fuel my fire. Now, I find ways to infuse my other passions into my artwork as well- incorporating nature and outdoor themes as well as sourcing sustainable materials to work with.

Has it been a smooth road?
One of the biggest challenges I faced was in developing my own style and trying to stand out from the crowd. The macrame community has become very saturated and there are so many people making so many incredible things. It really takes a lot of experimentation and sometimes lots of little failures until you finally strike that creative gold. But once you do and you finally discover what makes your work truly unique, it is the greatest feeling!

Please tell us more about your art.
I am a macrame artist, selling handmade creations usually in the form of wall hangings for the home. I recently expanded my shop to become a fiber supplier as well. I would say that I have found my niche in using fiber art to create abstract images of nature and landscapes, as well as creating more classic styles of large wall hangings featuring intricate layers and lots of tassels and fringe. I also work on a lot of custom wall hangings for clients, which I love because it really stretches my creativity and keeps me to try new things that would normally be outside of my comfort zone.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In the next 5 to 10 years, I would love to really expand into the world of teaching and sharing my craft more with others in addition to what I’m already doing. I would love for my knowledge to serve as a resource for others looking to pick up a new craft or take their art to the next level. I see myself hosting more workshops and classes to share the gift of macrame with as many people as possible!

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