Oil City artist accepted into prestigious Chicago show

From staff reports

Oil City artist Rachel Stine, owner of textile and fiber art business Querida Designs, has been accepted into Chicago’s annual One of A Kind Show in the “Emerging Artist” category, ARTS Oil City announced this week.

About 300 artists, makers and designers from around the country will participate in the juried art show from April 28-30.

All 300 accepted artists went through a stringent application and jury process in which a professional panel reviewed applications and analyzed artists’ work and booth presentation.

To qualify for display, all work must be of original design and handmade by the exhibiting artist, and the panel of jurors had to agree that the artist had mastered their creation process.

“To meet these criteria is quite an accomplishment, especially for a young emerging artist,” said ARTS Oil City coordinator Barbara Pierce.

An “emerging artist” has less than years of experience as a working artist and in professionally presenting work.

Stine said she is honored and excited about the show and that she was “stunned” when she saw the acceptance letter.

“To be honest, knowing that it is such a large and well-known show, I didn’t expect to get in,” she said. “I had to read it a few times to make sure I was really in.”

Stine, a 2019 graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in fashion design and a minor in entrepreneurship, is a professional textile and fiber artist who has been sewing since she was a child and started making her own clothes in high school.

While at Kent State, she had design internships in Nashville, Tennessee, and a custom boutique in Florence, Italy. Throughout her education, she explored hand weaving, hand knitting, textile pattern and print design, dying techniques such as batik and shibori, and she continues to “dabble in pretty much every textile and fiber art medium,” she said.

In recent years, Stine’s work has focused on handmade block printing, which she uses to transfer her print designs to fabrics, then transforms her fabrics into bags and other items.

These functional items will be featured in her booth at the Chicago show. She will be showcasing her block printed textiles, which include kitchen towels, tote bags, zippered pouches, scrunchies and T-shirts.

Closer to home, Stine will be exhibiting at the Edinboro Art and Music Festival in May, and her items can also be found at Core Goods and at Transit Art Gallery and Gifts in downtown Oil City.

The name Querida Designs comes from Stine’s middle name, Querida, which means “wanted,” “dear” or “loved,” and Stine said that is also what she hopes for the items she makes.