Building 5, Studio 510B
Biography: Rebecca Chase is currently a Resident Artist at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master of Fine Art degree from the School of Art, College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University in 2007. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and 2 poodles. Rebecca has been an artist at the Workhouse since March of 2013.
Artist Statement: I have been a mixed media artist for many years. I am a photographer, bookmaker, and painter. I have worked with warm glass, stained glass, and mosaics. I have also dabbled in the world of fiber art on and off over the years.
Two years ago I was browsing fiber arts books and found a book by Lexi Boeger: Handspun New Spins on Traditional Techniques. It was a book about spinning Art Yarn. I had no idea that there was such a thing as art yarn. I was totally captivated by the beautiful colors, textures and unusual spinning techniques. I decided to turn to fiber arts again–I had to learn how to spin this way.
I began learning new spinning techniques from other spinners who made art yarn. I learned about different breeds of sheep and other fiber animals and how to prepare fiber for spinning. I spent a year learning to dye wool, silk, and other fibers so I could make beautiful colorful yarns of my own.
I am still at the beginning of my journey in the fiber world. Right now I am concentrating on learning to spin all kinds of art yarns, focusing on color and texture. I am still learning to work with silk, alpaca, and other interesting fibers such as mohair, yak, and camel. Right now I just want to enjoy the process, keep learning, and see where my studies lead me. I plan to enjoy the ride.