Rachel Fleming is an emerging furniture designer and maker, exploring ideas through objects, furniture, and spaces she employs geometric forms and natural materials in her current work. She first studied Fine Art at the University of Waterloo, experimenting in different mediums and focusing on bringing projects into the three-dimensional form. Subject matter surrounding the user interaction and organization of objects. This lead to an interest in creating functional forms.
Through technical training at Sheridan College in the Craft and Design: Furniture program, she developed an understanding and admiration for wood as a building material. Having opportunity to create surfaces, seating, and spaces, she feels at home making storage pieces. Imposing upon each work conceptual constraints which guide design decisions, she is truly an artist with a focus on furniture.
During her years in school she was able to work in various collaborative efforts, the culmination of which resulted in establishing design collective AA8 Studios, of which she is a founding member. Shared ideals of simple, beautiful, and functional objects, furniture, and spaces are what unite the artists who make up the collection in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Rachel lives rurally where she is currently developing a series of works on paper inspired by patterns found in her immediate surroundings.
Interested in the ways in which furniture inhibits or encourages human activities and interactions within the domestic setting, I create innovative modes of organization and display in order to further facilitate daily life. A modern aesthetic is established by assembling simple component parts in a logical fashion. Celebrating solid wood and plywood for their inherent qualities in an honest manner, building natural patterns through the application of geometric forms.
I focus on ways in which furniture elevates, abstracts, hides, or arranges it’s contents whether this is in storage, surface or seating design. The result is user-friendly products inspired by an ideal that is form follows function.
FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS + EVENTS
2016 Made of Wood, Alton Mill Arts Centre, Caledon
PAST EXHIBITION RECORD
2017 Interior Design Show, MTCC, Toronto
2016 Four Over Three, Super Wonder Gallery, Toronto
2016 Reveal, Craft Ontario Gallery, Toronto, ON
2015 Year End Show, Sheridan Gallery, Oakville, ON
2014 First Year Furniture, Sheridan Gallery, Oakville
2013 Cazenda, University of Waterloo Art Gallery
2012 Untitled, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
2012 Spectrum, Raintree Cafe, Waterloo, ON
2012 TechSavy, UW Stratford Campus, Stratford, ON
2012 EmBody, The Artery Gallery, UW, Waterloo
2011 Alumni Exhibition,HTCHS, Simcoe, ON
EDUCATION + AWARDS
2016 Stephen Harris Award, Craft and Design, Furniture, Sheridan
2016 Diploma of Craft and Design, Furniture, Sheridan College
2013 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours, University of Waterloo
2011 Printmaking Award, University of Waterloo
PRINT + PUBLICATIONS
2016 Peter Fleming, “Encapsulate”, Four Over Three, p. 38-39
2013 Ivan Jurakik, “Entropy Increases”, Cadenza, p 14-15
2010 Paul Butler, “TBA Artist Collective”, Lateral Learning, p. 52-53
COLLECTIVES + AFFILIATIONS
2016 AA8 Studios, Oakville, ON
2013 Craft Ontario, Toronto, ON
2013 The Furniture Society, Toronto, ON
2010 TBA Artist Collective, Norfolk ON
RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
2016 Woodworker, Connie Chisholm
2011 Assistant, Gareth Lichty, Kitchener, ON
2010 Art Instructor, Varley Art Gallery, Unionville, ON