Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Rebecca Peebles

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Photo by Eric Baillies.
Rebecca Peebles in her apartment, March 2014.
#90: Rebecca Peebles

Rebecca Peebles is a creative Jill of all trades: Multimedia artist, designer, barista, quilter, curator, Westword MasterMind and artist cheerleader are just a few of the hats she wears. And along with GroundSwell Gallery partner Danette Montoya, Another Colorado Creative #91, she's now preparing to move on from their groundbreaking gallery to an unknown future as an artist on her own: GroundSwell's last show runs through May 6. We asked Peebles to answer the 100CC questionnaire as she stands on the precipice of a new chapter; read on for more about the leap.

See also: Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Danette Montoya

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Rebecca Peebles
Quilt sketch and fabric dye session (inset), winter 2013/14.

If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why? 


Collaborating can be so tricky! How about, "work with" or "apprentice under"? I'd like to work with Josef and Anni Albers. These two were such a powerhouse pair of artist-designers! About six years ago, I was gifted with and read the book Josef and Anni Albers: Designs for Living (produced alongside a show of theirs at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum), and their lives and work inspired me to work like I do today. The person who gave me the book could see that my and my partner Christian Butler's life together is much like that of of this couple -- always working to create more beautiful, harmonious, soulful living whether through art, curation, design or all the other goings-about in a day. I would love to have been there when the Albers were at Black Mountain College, in their early years working and living in the United States after leaving Europe and the Bauhaus. 

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

Can I say "myself"? I care very much about others, but I know myself the best.... I only say this because this past year, I started seeing a psychotherapist and through depth psychology, it is myself who is often on my mind. I've always been interested in the internal processes of self-knowing and becoming. It's been so important to my art-making all along. Otherwise, to me, the most interesting person in the world (other than me...) is my husband, Christian Butler. He's truly remarkable in his visionary work toward developing beautiful architecture in Denver. His plans and ideas for designing spaces for living and working are often a topic of conversation over dinner or during a long walk, and I love the problem-solving and imagination that go into developing quality spaces for people to inhabit. I've learned and gained strong inspiration from all the work we do under our roof! 

Continue reading for more from Rebecca Peebles.

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