pixelatedbybeckarahn

digitally printed fabrics from my original designs

Minneapolis, Minnesota | 8 Sales

pixelatedbybeckarahn

digitally printed fabrics from my original designs

Minneapolis, Minnesota 8 Sales On Etsy since 2017

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Announcement   New scarves in the shop. By popular request, these are more traditional long rectangles but with striking border prints, specially designed for this shape.

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Last updated on Nov 1, 2018

New scarves in the shop. By popular request, these are more traditional long rectangles but with striking border prints, specially designed for this shape.

Becka Rahn

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Becka Rahn

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About

I spend a lot of time thinking about pixels.

I have been sewing and making clothes and costumes since I was a kid, but I feel like I finally found my art form when I discovered digital printing on fabric. In a nutshell, I create art from paper, paint, or photos. I turn that art into a digital file, manipulate and engineer it to fit a specific shape or garment design, and have it printed onto fabric using a giant ink jet printer. Then I sew those custom fabrics into clothing and accessories.

I have always been a little bit of a computer geek. Back when it was relatively easy to program your own computer, my dad and I used to get a magazine that published games that you could type in and save on a cassette tape on your Commodore 64. I went from that to coding my own animated graphics to making websites to learning Photoshop. In 2008, a company called Spoonflower came on to the scene and they made it possible to upload and print your own fabric designs in small amounts. Traditional fabric printing wasn’t even something I had thought about because you had to order thousands of yards to get anything produced. It seemed totally unapproachable. I instantly signed up to be on the beta test list for Spoonflower and I still have the very first fabric I had printed. I can’t cut it up; it’s become sort of a good luck charm for me.

I have had an Etsy shop beckarahn.etsy.com since 2005. "Pixelated by Becka Rahn" is a spin off of that shop. "Pixelated" will feature the clothing and accessories that I have only been selling at local boutiques or in-person shows; "beckarahn" will continue to be the source for puns and parodies for fiber artists. In 2018, I opened oboedamore.etsy.com, which has oboe themed gifts and accessories. I also administrate the account feeliefaces.etsy.com, which is a collaboration with 2 other artist friends with proceeds that benefit the local design college.

I worked for almost 12 years as an arts administrator, overseeing all of the education programs at Textile Center in Minneapolis. That was a full time job, so I wasn’t making much of my own art, but I was absolutely immersed in art-making, mentoring and fostering artistic development in others. When I decided it was time to leave that position and make more of my own art, I created my own job description, which is a balance of teaching, making and selling art, and partnering with organizations to make art with others. I do all of my own sewing and make each piece by hand. It is important to me that they aren't mass produced or outsourced.

Even informally, I am always teaching through my art. There is a philosophy of fine art that says that you shouldn’t have to explain a piece to the viewer through labels and didactics, but that it should be able to communicate everything all on its own. I totally disagree. Art is all about telling stories and by just looking at a piece, you are only getting to experience one story. I love to be right there to talk about my work and answer questions for people. I want to tell the story about the title or why I chose the color I used. I want people to connect to it in a personal way by finding the story that speaks to them, whether it’s about the aesthetic of the design or learning about the techhie way I achieved a specific effect. When I display my work, I have a lot of ways for people to get more info. My tags talk about where designs came from and talk about process. I post lots of behind-the-scenes and work-in-progress photos to social media.

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  • Spoonflower

    Durham, NC

    I use Spoonflower to digitally print all of my original fabric designs.

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