Embroidery by Rebecca Ringquist. Rebecca Ringquist is a Brooklyn-based visual artist and designer. Her stitched drawings on fabric explore issues of identity through thinly veiled metaphors utilizing old fashioned imagery and double entendres. She learned how to embroider in college in a feminist art history class, and has been inspired by the history of American needlework ever since. Approaching the technique of embroidery as a way of drawing, Ringquist has taught hundreds of people new ways of making marks on fabric through classes and workshops around the country. Her design company, Dropcloth, sells Ringquist’s hand drawn designs that are printed as embroidery patterns, all ready to hoop and sew. In 2005, Rebecca was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. Her work has since been exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center, The California Polytechnic University, ARC Gallery, Fraction Workspace, Northern Illinois University, The Textile Art Center in Brooklyn, Packer Schopf Gallery, Pop tArt Gallery, and the Museum of Art and Design in NYC. Ringquist earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Fiber and Material Studies department where she subsequently taught for seven years before moving to Brooklyn in 2011. She teaches, lectures and exhibits nationally.
From the Artist: "I live in Brooklyn with no access to gardening space. I used to grow tomatoes, radishes, and all sorts of flowers and herbs on my back porch in Chicago, and I find myself day dreaming about future gardens, and future window boxes full of spring starters. I was excited to design a pack this year if only for my day dream garden. I remember planting carrot seeds each year with my dad in our garden in Michigan, and the joy of plucking one out of the garden in the summer, rinsing it under the hose and eating it like bugs bunny. Like most of my artwork, I wanted the piece for the seed pack to be layered with imagery. Bunny rabbits, flowers, and a tangled mess of carrot tops are merged together on the surface of the embroidery."