Hello! My name is Rachel Beyer. I’m an artist, designer, author and creative maker based in Portland, Oregon. I grew up making art and crafts, playing music, and exploring the outdoors at Girl Scout camp.
I enjoy finding inspiration in the magic and beauty of the world and love to discover new ways to infuse creativity into every day life. My art and design work mainly revolves around my love for nature as well as an obsession with pattern and color. I’m best known for my colorful, groovy, retro-inspired style, but work in a multitude of media including digital, pen & ink, watercolor, collage, embroidery, sewing and tie-dye.
ABOUT MY CAREER:
After earning my BFA in graphic design from The Art Institute of Seattle in 2007, I started my career working as an in-house designer before moving back home to Portland in 2009. Upon my return, I launched my first handmade product line and developed my artistic style under the name “Camp Smartypants”. I also worked as an in-house DIY blogger and freelance graphic designer specializing in illustration, branding and packaging design.
In 2014 I joined forces with friend and colleague Alison Lang to launch the creative blog, Adventures In Making. Together we fostered a new creative community offering monthly DIY Craft Challenges, tutorials, recipes, creative business advice, and more.
In 2017 I wrote my first craft book with Arcturus Publishing, created label art with organic produce company, Hippie Organics, and managed the new Portland storefront, The Wild Unknown. I have learned so much through these amazing and varied experiences which have helped me to grow and evolve as both a person and an artist. In 2018, I hope to integrate my personal interests in magical/ spiritual/ self care practices into my professional work and find new ways to serve my community.
The Wild Unknown – Store manager (2017-2018)
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.
The Wild Unknown, Arcturus Publishing, Hippie Organics, Molly Muriel, Garden Therapy
Felt Decorations: 15 Eye-Popping Projects To Create – Author (January 2018)
Our Portland Story, Vol. 1 & 2 – Contributing artist
Mend It Better – Contributing maker
Crafty Wonderland Spring Art & Craft Market (2018)
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
Portland Mercury (Crafty Wonderland Show Program) – DIY Gemstone Brooch, May 2018
Homespun Magazine – Heart Embroidery Sampler, February 2018
Willow & Sage Magazine – Pressed Herb Candles, Winter 2018
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