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Rebecca Mapes

Interviewed by AMANDA WANG

Born and raised in Ithaca, New York, currently resides in Santa Fe, Rebecca Mapes has always had a penchant for the pure and calm forms found in nature. Spanning a variety of mediums, Rebecca's work features blown glass in functional, organic shapes; sculptural jewelry that is both minimalist and nostalgic; while meticulously-crafted collages which embrace pattern and depth.

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AS A MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST, HOW DO YOU DECIDE YOUR MEDIUMS? 

I choose my mediums based on my tendencies as an artist. I’m meticulous by nature and because of that I naturally gravitate towards collage and jewelry. I also tend to get bored and switching between mediums keeps me motivated. 

 

  

GLASS BLOWING IS QUITE HEAVY AND PHYSICAL FROM OUTSIDERS’ EYES LIKE US, HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO DIVE INTO THIS WORLD?

I bought myself a glassblowing class for my birthday one year because I had an idea for a jewelry display made out of glass. During the class, I discovered my idea could work and I began a glass blowing apprenticeship a couple of months later. After making the displays, I had fallen in love with the medium and was inspired to explore further.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DRAWS YOUR ATTENTION CONSTANTLY? OR DO YOU FIND YOURSELF INSPIRED BY DIFFERENT THINGS ACCORDING TO DIFFERENT PERIODS?

I’m constantly inspired by nature, and while living in New York my lack of direct access to it informed my appreciation of flora and fauna. I sought out the natural world in scientific illustrations, and trips to city parks and botanical gardens. Since living in New Mexico, I’ve been increasingly inspired by furniture and architecture. I partially attribute that to my partner’s interest in and knowledge of the subject. 


 

 

 

  

WHICH HUE DO YOU FIND YOURSELF ALWAYS GOING BACK TO?

Brick red. 

 

NAME A PLANT.

Chinese Money Plant

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW?

The Searcher by Tana French (big mystery fan over here). 

 

 

 

FAVORITE INTERIOR DESIGNER?

I don’t have a favorite interior designer but I love all of the vintage interiors that Kim Coleman shares.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FILM?

Les Triplets De Belleville 

 

 

 

SQUARE OR CIRCLE?

Circle.

 

COFFEE OR TEA?

Tea at the moment. 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

MORNING BIRD OR NIGHT OWL?

Somewhere in between but definitely not a Night Owl.  

 

 

 

 

 

FLATS OR HEELS?

Heels if I weren’t so tall. 

 

TELL US A SECRET.

I’ll give you hint: ikebana 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT ARE YOUR NEXT PLANS IN 2021?

I’ll be continuing to focus on blowing glass; I’m working on a lot of vase ideas! 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca is wearing SILK SQUARED COLLAR JERSEY

 

 

 

And HAND BRUSHED CLASSIC CARDIGAN

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