Artist Rachel Timmins is a Maker – in the truest sense of the word. She never stops “making” and most importantly, she isn’t afraid to think outside of the box because she has no creative boundaries when it comes to art. No chains to hold her back. Whatever she imagines, she is able to produce through her hands, her sewing machine, her computer or whatever source has the ability to transform her ideas to fruition. Through the use of sewing, 3D graphics, laser and water jet applications, Rachel is able to design intricate and complex works of art and bring them to reality. Her ingenuity has landed her in the spotlight of jewelry designers to watch.
As a representative of the United States to the highly regarded Sieraad Fair held in Amsterdam, Ms. Timmins was featured because of her unique approach to human adornment. As showcased in the books, Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, Unexpected Pleasures and Jewel Book, Rachel is highlighted for her work in installation jewelry. Not unlike visual artists who work in the realm of installation art, Ms. Timmins uses jewelry as her art form to express her creativity. She could easily use other mediums as her conduit to convey her ideas, but because jewelry has such an intimate connection with the viewer, her work is enjoyed by one and seen by many. Her social consciousness is evident in everything that she does – whether it is bringing affordable work to the masses or helping her own community in need, Rachel is there, full-force ahead.
When you discover, then own, a Rachel Timmins designed piece, you can say with confidence that you possess a one-of-kind original work of jewelry art. Color, form, texture and pattern are visible in everything that she creates and her work is as extraordinary as she is.
Come visit Robin B, try on a piece and you’ll see. We think you’ll agree.
RBG: Why did you decide to pursue ART as a profession?
RT: I don’t know that I decided to pursue making it as a profession… It’s something that I feel that I have to do. If I weren’t a maker, I wouldn’t be a happy or emotionally healthy person. I do this out of necessity and drive… That being said, I love what I do and wouldn’t trade it for anything else.
RBG: Who are you most influenced by as an artist and as a person?
RT: I am most influenced by Tara Nahabetian, Stephen Saracino and Bruce Metcalf. These people are my foundation as a maker and they have contributed to the person that I am today.
RBG: What motivates you?
RT: I certainly have an internal drive… If my hands aren’t working… Things just don’t feel right. Of course, I have concepts that I employ in my work: otherness, searching for comfort through building a place to belong, and recovering value in the devalued are prominent ideas that I employ in my work.
RBG: What’s your favorite color?
RT: It tends to change almost daily.. today it’s reddish-orange.
RBG: What is your ultimate goal as an artist?
RT: I don’t have an “ultimate goal.” If I were to have one, and I accomplished it, I fear how I’d feel afterwards. I just want to be making, all the time, until I’m not here any more. Teaching every now and again is wonderful, too. Teaching is one way of reaching a fairly broad audience who could function as future makers, collectors and/or art appreciators.
RBG: What impact do you hope to achieve as an artist?
RT: Right now, I hope that people can reconsider some of their ideas about beauty and value.
RBG: What is the most rewarding part of being an artist?
RT: The most rewarding part of being a maker is being in the moment, making things. I feel so lucky whenever I sit behind by Pfaff 130 to start sewing.
RBG: What advice would you give to a young artist?
RT: Learn all the rules and then break them.
RBG: Who would you love to meet and what would you ask them?
RT: Honestly, I’d like to meet Snoop Dogg and I’d ask him if we could be best friends. I could use his cool and relaxed demeanor in my life.
RBG: Where would you love to live or travel?
RT: Right now, Chile is on my list of places to travel. I hear their strawberries are like nothing we have ever tasted in the US. As far as living goes, I really like living in the northeast of the US… and I prefer urban areas that need a little help. In my spare time, I love to hassle my local Baltimore City councilman about neighborhood issues. I’m fortunate to have an education and to feel empowered to make change – lots of other people aren’t in that situation.
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