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Rachael Speirs

Artist member since 2021
Mississauga , Ontario

Rachael Speirs was born in Oakville, Ontario and raised in Toronto and Cambridge, Ontario. As a child Rachael honed her painting skills through copying traditional childrens story book illustrations and admiring the embroidery work of her grandmother. She stole scraps of fabric from her mother sewing, filling her spare time with making and creating. Rachael would submerge herself into nature or a piece of music, allowing her imagination to run wild. As a self-taught artist, Rachael looked to her childhood picture books and her grandmothers embroidery work for inspiration and to practice her skill. As an adult art never left her. Rachael’s creative inspirations include Carson Ellis, Kate Bush, Shary Boyle, Frida Khalo, Amy Cutler and David Blackwood. Although she worked and studied Social Work, she maintained her love and passion for art. Rachael’s education and working career in social work is reflected in the humanitarian elements of her work. Her pieces will forever showcase her need to share a human experience and to connect with the viewer. Rachael exhibited her work for the first time in 2010 and has since participated in multiple exhibitions and received multiple awards and grants including best mixed media at Riverdale Art Walk, top 5 installations for DesignTO and has received grants through the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.


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Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?

It enriches our world. Having art in our home is a way of reflecting our values and the depth, richness and beauty of the world.

Favourite book

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Incredible story that is fairly unknown.

Why is art important to you?

Art allows me to express the multitude of jumbled thoughts and feelings and make sense of them in visual metaphors.

When did you start making art, and why?

As a child, I had long stretches of solitude and alone time. I filled that time with expressing myself in artistic and creative ways and used whatever scraps and materials I had at my disposal. This includes scraps of cloth from my mothers sewing and renovation and building materials as canvases.

What artists do you admire right now?

Shary Boyle, Summer Wheat Lillian, Kathleen Ryan, Simone Elizabeth, Amy Cutler

I'm really good at making (a) ...

mess

Upcoming Exhibitions
2021-04-22

Art Gallery Of Hamilton
Annual Show and Sale

2021-04-22

Toronto
The Artist Project

Select Past Exhibitions
2020

Art Gallery Hamilton
Annual Sale

2020

Toronto
The Artist Project

2020

Toronto
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

2020

Toronto
Riverdale Art Walk

2019

Toronto
Riverdale Art Walk

2019

Collingwood
Collingwood Art Crawl

2019

Oakville
Oakville Art in The Park

2019

Toronto , Gerrard Art Space
The Textile Show

Accolades
2015

Riverdale Art Walk
Best Mixed Media

2013

Ontario Arts Council
Emerging Artist Grant

2013

Toronto Arts Council
Level One Grant

2011

One Of A Kind Show
New Artisan Grant

Press
2015

Bohemianizm
Art From Rachael Speirs

2014

Canada Arts Connect
Massive Fabric Collages and Fairy Tales: An Interview with Toronto-based Artist Rachael Speirs

2014

Blog TO
5 Must See Installations at Come Up To My Room 2013

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