Fiber artist, Raphaela McCormack, will give a presentation on her art entitled “Where Textiles, Art and Chinese Medicine Meet” at the May 23 meeting of the Irondequoit Art Club to be held 7:30 PM at Chapel Oaks, St. Ann’s Community, 1550 Portland Ave., Rochester, NY 14621, after the club’s 7PM business meeting. Raphaela’s talk will intrigue, amaze and interest you, as she tells her story of how she explored the paths of Chinese medicine, textiles and art and how she came to weave them together in a career, which has spanned the greater part of her life. There is no charge for this event. Everyone is welcome. The site is handicapped accessible.
Raphaela was born in West Ireland. All aspects of her native land, including the textures, colors, materials and forms, inspire her work. She creates vessels, her major art form, using abaca, fiber, rope, driftwood, stones, seed pods and more. Her education in Dublin included studies in Interior Design at the College of Design; Design and Weaving at the National College of Art and Design; Metal Work Sculpture using brass and copper at the College of Art. In Galway, she studied carpentry. In Rochester, she learned book binding techniques and Qi Gong therapy. She has worked as restoration artist, freelance designer, weaver, clothing designer, Qi Gong and T’ai Chi teacher, consultant and paper sculptor.
Raphaela’s works have been exhibited throughout NY State, Connecticut, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, and Ireland. She has received many awards and a scholarship awarded by the government of Ireland to study weaving and textiles in Finland. Her works are found in private collections in Ireland, USA, Finland and Germany.
Raphaela can be reached at by phone at 585-261-5659, by email or at her website.