Rachel Speir has been a life-long admirer of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright—the man who gave her the “Wright” inspiration for each design in this book.
When she was a little girl, her father introduced her to the many styles of Frank Lloyd Wright, even taking her to Taliesin West in Arizona to see some of his architecture in person…and she was hooked. This sparked Rachel’s passion for design, and in elementary school her design process began to develop. With only graph paper, a ruler and a pencil she would create unbelievable, complex designs—but this was just her start. Rachel’s style has evolved over the years, but her mathematically-oriented mind, coupled with her unbridled creativity continues to produce artwork that stays true to her structural, yet simplisticly-balanced aesthetic.
Today, she still loves touring the different homes that Frank Lloyd Wright built and visiting museums around the country that feature his stained glass and other works. Always seeking out and is grateful for new experiences, Rachel believes, as Wright did, that “The measure of a man’s culture is the measure of his appreciation. We are ourselves what we appreciate and no more.”
For Rachel, there is nothing more fulfilling (and challenging) than taking a blank canvas and turning into a work of art. In her words, “There is an infinite number of possibilities as to what that canvas can become—and for each person it would become something different. I love that through my designs I can express my passion for the beauty in this world, and for our individual, unique ability to find what inspires each of us.“