Rachael Speirs’ work is categorized and recognized through her usage of scrap fabric, embroidery and paint to create storytelling images that provoke an atmosphere of nostalgia. Rachael draws on a variety of influences ranging from antiquities, aged material, fairytales, folk lore, samplers, history, music, theatre and poetry to the simple and mundane act of listening to wind howl.
Born in 1984 Rachael had a fascination with art and worked independently and privately on her creations, sometimes hiding her work as it often contained scraps of fabric that she stole from her mothers’ and grandmothers sewing baskets. On rainy weekends she would walk to the local antique mall or cemetery, both peaceful places where she would spend hours exploring the mysteries of each item and creating a story in her imagination. The elaborate and fantastical stories she creates are steeped in metaphors as a way to translate questions of daily life and distort the unpleasant or mundane into an absurd and fractured folk tale.
Come Up To My Room (CUTMR) is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event. CUTMR invites artists and designers to show us what goes on inside their heads. Coming together in dialogue and collaboration, participants are limited only by their imaginations, making CUTMR one of the most exciting shows in Toronto. January 24 – 27, 2013.