We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachael Rush Tarverdi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachael, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
My favorite quote is “always keep an open mind.” When I venture outside my comfort zone, new experiences and opportunities tend to lead me to a perspective that I otherwise would not have considered. To be open to the possibilities in life as well as in my work is a very important part of my personal growth.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Four years into my metalsmithing journey, I’m most excited about my shift from jewelry to making metal art for the home as well as outdoor spaces. Theres something kinda magical about fabricating a beautiful hanging flower that began as a flat piece of sheet metal. Adding a hammered texture to the hand formed petals and wire stems is just one of many techniques I utilize to bring a dimensional flower to life. It is so rewarding to see one of my botanically inspired pieces find its way into an art lovers home or outdoor living space. Whether it will be nestled in to a natural outdoor setting or hung inside the home where it can be appreciated, brings me either great joy. I truly love what I do!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of the places I love to visit is the Famers Market in Parker… so many great produce vendors there. I love the idea of picking up some good clean healthy produce at that outdoor market and coming back to my place for a yummy lunch in my flower garden. Being at one with nature is a favorite past time of mine. I enjoy sitting outside to take in the beauty of all things nature. All the senses are engaged in the great outdoors. To see the flowers, hear the birds, touch the amazing textures of a lambs ear plant while enjoying a tomato sandwich on sourdough bread. That sets the stage for great meaningful and memorable conversation with my best friend. That is an experience that I would enjoy sharing <3
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am fortunate to be part of a thriving online metalsmith community that engages in the open exchange of educational information for anyone that is eager to learn. I’ve gained just as much from shared project failures as I have from the successful projects that are posted in the metalsmithing groups that I participate in on Facebook. Aspiring Metalsmiths, Metalsmithing for Newbies, and Potter People – Jewelry Group are a few of the ones I’m a member of. When makers are willing to share what they know, they allow the next wave of curious makers to master the tried and true techniques and traditions already established in the field of metal art making. Social media platforms like Facebook are invaluable resources that allow the free flowing exchange of ideas that support the education of many beginning their metalsmithing journey. Im proud to be a very small part of something that works so well and benefits others.
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