Rebekah Archer recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Textile Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, majoring in weave. She was runner up in The Design Institute of Australia Graduate of the Year Awards in the Fashion and Textiles category. After graduating, Rebekah completed a 3 month Artist in Residency placement with The Australian Tapestry Workshop in South Melbourne, and has recently moved to the United Kingdom.
Her work focuses on sustainable fashion, with a core philosophy based around the principles of slow design. Rebekah currently runs a small woven textile and jewelry label where she creates contemporary, one off pieces using natural fibers and discarded materials such as copper, bone and recycled yarn. She has exhibited textile and jewelry work locally and internationally.
Through Textile Design, creation becomes a methodical yet instinctual process. My work is thoughtful and considered; as a weaver, craftsmanship is essential while I construct and build, searching for balance between function and beauty. I subconsciously hunt for meaning and intent behind every action as I overlap and link my materials to one another. I find inspiration in the discarded and the rejected, in destruction and rebirth.
My style is one of simplicity, where process is key. The physicality and tactile nature of raw materials is crucial as I attempt to shape them into being. I prefer working with natural fibres, botanically dyed colours and hand-manipulated procedures. I create by combining the old and the new; striving to reinvigorate and reinvent by using discarded materials such as repurposed yarns, scrap leather and recycled metals. Age-old techniques; weaving, tapestry, knitting and metalwork are explored in order to design and make contemporary, bespoke pieces.