Artist Profile: Ruth Rae

Ruth Rae is a classically trained jeweler that some how found her true creative calling when she discovered a sewing machine. Best know for her mixed media fabric work, Ruth’s pieces are recognized for there time worn appearance that she archives by altering new fabrics to lead people to believe that her creations were created long ago. Ruth is the author of two books. The first, A Charming Exchange, co-authored by Kelly Snelling, explores the world of jewelry exchanges with techniques and projects. Her second is Layered, Tattered & Stitched, which features her fabric techniques and projects.

Q: What are you working on right now?
A: E-courses and toying with writing my next book.

Q: What’s your current favorite, can’t-live-without-it tool?
A: My sewing machines.

Q: What’s your favorite place in all the world?
A: Any beach, gazing out into the sea casting my eyes on the horizon in a dreamy sort of way.

Q: What one thing do you want to do that you haven’t done yet?
A: Take an African safari and be surround by the animals and the countryside.

Q: What’s today’s Word to Live By?
A: Courage

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Eating dessert first!

Q: What do you listen to when you create?
A: I like to get into the zone with music in my studio I listen to a lot of folk and indie music on Pandora. I also love the music of Mali and can even be caught listing to rap music when the mood strikes me!

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: Being able to fly would really be helpful!

Q: If you could surround yourself with only one color, what would it be?
A: See the photo at left.

Q: With whom would you love to spend one day making art?
A: Louise Bourgeois

Q: When is your favorite time of day?
A: Just before midnight… the possibilities are still endless!

Q: Why do you make art?
A: I do not question my need to make art, as it’s something that I have no choice over.

Q: What is on your workspace right now?
A: My macBook (as I am writing this) that is surrounded by lace, fabric, thread, scissors and a box of old buttons.

Q: What’s your best piece of advice for artists?
A: Follow your heart and create only because it feeds your soul.

Click here to follow Ruth Rae on her blog.

Click here to learn more about or purchase Ruth Rae’s book A Charming Exchange.

Click here to learn more about or purchase Ruth Rae’s book Layered, Tattered & Stitched.


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One Response to Artist Profile: Ruth Rae

  1. tejae says:

    ruth, you’re such an inspiration. lovely to read about you. looking forward to your next book and love seeing your sweet sewing machines!