Rachel Bate’s exploration of the fiber art community began 15 years ago, when she began to volunteer her skills for Christian Life Charity Crochet. Two years later, she discovered Moody Knit and Crochet Group at her local library. In 2005, Rachel branched out into quilting, and became an active member of Friendship Quilters' Guild & Moody Crazy Quilters. Rachel moved to Inglenook, where she taught a class in quilting for one year at The Inglenook Birmingham Public Library. In the process, Rachel had the pleasure of meeting Lillis Taylor and Annie Bryant, who invited her to become involved with Bib & Tucker, a non-profit sew-op in Crestwood. As a member of Bib & Tucker since 2013, she has enjoyed participating in a number of community projects. The most significant and ambitious of these was a project entitled "The March Quilts." As part of The March Quilts project, Bib & Tucker facilitated fifteen community sewing sessions in Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery between December 2014 and February 2015. The sew-op took every one of the 461 quilt blocks created during these sessions to create three quilts, as well as an original quilt featuring a quilt block from each member expressing her personal relationship with the Civil Rights Movement and its history in Alabama. She also participated in the B & T YWCA Charity Quilt effort and sewing for Magic Chromacity for artist Amanda Browder. Most recently, Rachel taught a class in July at Space 111's Summer Art Camp, in which she presented a lecture on a wide variety of fiber techniques and processes followed by an interactive weaving project.
COMMUNITY ART WORKSHOPS
During “East Lake After Hours” Friday, October 16th, 6-8pm, Rachel Bates will present a workshop on how to make Fabric Necklaces. During Friday, October 23rd, 6-8pm, Rachel Bates will present a workshop on how to make necklaces out of zippers. //ALL WORKSHOPS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC //
ART SHOW OPENING
“UNDER MY UMBRELLA” will be an art exhibit by Rachel Bates showing all the things that are done “underneath the umbrella.” The art Opening will be Friday October 16th from 6-8pm in Gallery 2 inside of The East Lake Performing Arts Center.