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Meet Rachel Burnstein

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

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I made my first weaving in elementary school.

Years later, I was learning how to properly weave in Chicago, and I fell back in love. I immediately changed my major from Fashion to Textiles and became immersed in weaving, sewing, and sculpture.

After a few years in Chicago, I decided to move to Oakland to study at CCA with master weaver, Lia Cook. While enrolled in the textiles program at CCA, I started weaving on their TC-1 computer loom and began creating woven sculptures and installations. From there I began installing my work in galleries and attending residency programs.

After graduating and a few years in Atlanta, I made the move with my partner to Los Angeles in 2015. I currently work as an artist’s assistant and have my studio set up in my garage. Los Angeles is an expensive city, so when it gives you a garage, you make a studio!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My biggest challenge is motivating myself to finish a project. I am constantly working on that, and I expect that challenge will always be with me. For me, I have to tell myself that it doesn’t matter what the end result is. The process is just as important, and so are the failed attempts.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I guess what I’m known for would be my crystal weavings and installations. Those have been the most fun to do and have inspired new work.

What were you like growing up?
I was a sweet kid growing up and then a pretty wild teenager. I think I grew up pretty fast and my younger self would have told you they knew everything!

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