Rhian Swierat grew up in the Hudson Valley and is now based in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002 with a BFA in graphic design. Her mom taught her embroidery as a child, sharing with her a love of textiles and patterns. A visual magpie at heart, she is always collecting new materials and patterns to sew and experiment with in the most unlikely of places. Her work is derived from the historical precedent of a sampler, using stitches to record the forms, patterns and textures of experiences of different places.