Rachel Brumer is a Northwest fiber artist with studios in Seattle and Lopez Island. Originally from Oakland, California, Brumer received her BFA from Mills College. She is known for her rich layering of textures, and ever evolving language of shapes. Utilizing Van Dyke printed photography, thread, ink, dye, and wax, Brumer rubs, embroiders, silkscreens, drips, quilts, draws, and appliqués.
Before pursuing fine art, Rachel Brumer spent many years touring the country as a professional modern dancer, and later worked as an interpreter of American Sign Language. No stranger to alternative modes of expression, Brumer is a fierce believer in non-verbal experience and the power of art.
Her work in fiber began as a vehicle to commemorate a friend lost to AIDs, the medium and process serving as a way to involve loved ones of the departed. Community and remembrance remain motivating forces behind Brumer’s intricate fiber work.