Rachel Beyer is an artist, designer and creative maker based in Portland, Oregon. She grew up making art and crafts, playing music, and exploring the outdoors at Girl Scout camp.
She discovered her artistic style and honed her skills at The Art Institute of Seattle, graduating in 2007 with a BFA in graphic design and landing her first job as an in-house designer at a Seattle tableware company. In 2009, she moved home to Portland and began her own adventurous career as a freelance illustrator, designer, and blogger. She also opened her own etsy shop and created a colorful line of art, greeting cards and handmade goods called Camp Smartypants.
In 2014, Rachel joined forces with friend and collegue Alison Lang to launch the creative blog, Adventures In Making. Together they fostered a new creative community offering monthly DIY Craft Challenges, tutorials, recipes, creative business advice, and more.
Rachel enjoys observing the world and discovering new ways to infuse creativity into every day life. Her art and design work mainly revolves around her love for the natural world as well as her obsession with pattern and color. She is best known for her colorful, groovy, retro-inspired style, but works in a multitude of media including digital, watercolor, collage, embroidery, sewing and tie-dye.
Garden Therapy – Blog contributor (2015-2016)
Adventures In Making – Cofounder (2014-2016)
Evermine – Blog Editor (2010-2014)
Rachel’s DIY projects have been featured on various websites including: Apartment Therapy, Buzzfeed, Craft Gawker, PopSugar, MSN Lifestyle, and more.
Arcturus Publishing, Hippie Organics, Molly Muriel, Garden Therapy, Evermine
Felt Decorations: 15 Eye-Popping Projects To Create – Author (Fall 2017)
Our Portland Story, Vol. 1 & 2 – Contributing artist
Mend It Better – Contributing maker
Siren Nation “Paint Your Art Out”, Portland OR (2014)
Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring & Holiday Shows, Portland, OR (2009-2014)
St. John’s Bizarre, Portland OR (2012)
Fremont Fair, Seattle WA (2011)
Mississippi Street Fair, Portland OR (2010)
Alberta Art Hop, Portland OR (2010)
Lilla Rogers Studio School, Make Art That Sells Parts A and B, 2013
The Art Institute of Seattle, BFA in Graphic Design, 2007
J-14 Decorate! Magazine – DIY Crayon Candles, March 2017
Homespun Magazine – Spring Chicken Plushies, September 2016
GoodHomes Magazine – DIY Citronella Candle, July 2015
Bustle & Sew Magazine – DIY Cat Nap Eye Pillow, January 2015
Crafts Beautiful Magazine – Blog Love, August 2014
Crafty Wonderland – Artist of the Month, July 2014
So There Clever Handmade Gifts – Featured Artist, June 2013
RikRak Studio – Nominated for 2010 Handmade Olympics, February 2010
Craft Leftovers Monthly – Interview & DIY Tutorial, February 2010
Try Handmade – Interview, January 2010
Portland Picks – “Chick Picks”, August 2009
Design Mom – August 2009