We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Tischler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Both of my parents are artists, my dad taught and made ceramics at the University of Denver for over 40 years, and my mom is a jeweler who helped found the Boulder Arts and Crafts Cooperative. Art was always around us growing up from not only both of them but also their friends and community of artists. We always ate out of handmade works of art, had hand drawn birthday invites or hand drawn pin the tail on the donkey at parties. Our house was the fun and creative place to go, and it still is.
While I’m the only child who made a career in the creative industries, it always felt like home to pursue an artistic path. I started out as a printmaking major at CU Boulder, but was always really interested in adornment, textiles, and fashion. After college I decided to take a leap of faith and made the big move to New York City, where I lived for 3 years, attending the Fashion Institute of Technology, interned at a hat shop as well as for a sculpture artist. Being around these creative people felt invigorating and impactful, and I wanted that life too. After moving back to Denver, I worked as the Creative Director at the Denver Design Incubator, before moving on to opening a shop with my mom and sister. This experience led me to meet a lot of new artists making a career through their hands and helped me to understand that this too was what I wanted;
To make beautiful functional things in a thoughtful way and to eventually bring in more creatives with my designs, building a community and supporting an artistic economy.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think what sets me apart from other brands is the inventiveness I am constantly striving for within fashion. I love doing alterations, taking something and making it entirely different. I love and appreciate finding things and re-imagining them in a new light, and thinking about the life and history of something. I want to tell a story that people can relate to or become a part of.
I got to where I am through a lot of trial and error, and others believing in me. I learned a lot about sewing and construction by simply taking things apart to put them back together. Seeing things that were made well and with respect and care gives me inspiration and a real sense of commitment to the craft.
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.
Being a Colorado native, I really appreciate the beauty our state has to offer. I would take them camping for sure and maybe on the Colorado River. If we had a week long I would take a drive to Telluride. If we were in Denver I would take them to dinner at Somebody People, take them shopping to some of my favorites like Studio Colfax, the Milk Bar, Matriarch, coffee at Lula Rose, go the Kirkland Museum the DAM, or the MCA and end in my moms wonderful garden with drinks in the gazebo!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Definitely my family deserves the biggest shoutout, for always believing in me and pushing me to pursue this dream. Also the Denver Design Incubator for allowing me to step in and help other designers and use the machines that I wouldn’t have otherwise had access to, allowing me to expand what I could do. Aurora Robson, whose art continues to inspire me and Victor Osborne who brought me in like family to his little hat shop. Also any designer/artist who has been kind and welcoming and supported me throughout the years, too numerous to mention.
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