Rachelle Vasquez is a Houston-based artist and certified art teacher who works primarily with fibers. She picked up crocheting on a whim in 2006, and it quickly came to feel like a natural extension of herself. Vasquez’s recent work has been more research oriented, which allows her to make lots of spreadsheets, large series of works and massive crocheted pieces. Her work is also process driven, which often requires a great deal of planning and patternmaking. Some examples of her crocheted work include large tapestries, scarves and stretched animal pelts. Most of these works are inspired by animals and history, and how the two relate and tell a story—be it fictional or non-fictional.
Rachelle graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor in art history. Prior to becoming a resident artist at HCCC, she had a residency at DiverseWorks in 2007 and a solo show at Lawndale Art Center in 2010, entitled Where Pigeons Dare. She will be with HCCC through August of 2012. For more information, visit her website at www.rachellevasquez.com.