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Rebecca Wachtman
Fiber Artist
Renton, WA 98059
206-745-2363
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This blog is an ongoing record of Rebecca's life as an artist and includes the events, successes, and struggles she faces as she walks down the path of becoming an emerging artist.  She welcomes feedback and is always happy to answer questions about Silk Painting, the Re-FEM process, or other interests!

Rebecca is a fiber artist who currently is concentrating on two main areas of art: 
-Painting upon recycled silk       and
-Creating sculptures using recycled fibers and resin (utilizing the Re-FEM process which she innovated).

"The focus of my artwork is to attempt to document little moments in time, hoping that the resulting works will bring to light, some of this world's amazing beauty as I perceive it. 


My artwork embraces eco-centrism both in inspiration as well as in business practices.  While I work on my art, my past focus of up-cycled crafts occasionally re-emerges in new and unexpected ways." (Rebecca)





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