Our Alumni Spotlight today is focusing on Rachel Aughtry, one of the founders and co-owners of the DIME store right here in Denton!
-What year did you graduate?
-Who or what originally got into the Fibers program?
I started off as a Comm Design major and quickly realized that was not the fit for me haha. An adviser told me that Fibers was good for art majors that “wanted to experiment with a lot of different things”, which was actually a really terrible description, but it got to me to go a Fibers Club meeting and figure out what it was about. Love at first loom site.
-What are you doing now, and how did you get there?
When I was in school I started an Etsy shop selling handbags, and that business (Rachel Elise) is still payin’ my bills! I sell on Etsy, a couple of other specialized websites, and in a few stores. (I recently started having my bags carried at Powell’s Book in Portland, which is simultaneously exciting and terrifying haha.) I’m also one of the founders and co-owners of the DIME Store here in Denton. I sell my bags there too, of course, and we carry art/craft from over 50 local Denton artists.
-Do you think the Fibers program was a good choice, and if so what would you say you got out of it?
Definitely! One things that originally drew me to the program was the possibility of having a design-oriented career with a fibers focus. Of course I envisioned that meant designing bedspreads for JC Penney or textiles for Target, but I’m pretty happy with the version of that goal that came about :-)
-Did you go to grad school, and if so where did you go and do you think it was a good choice?
I didn’t— school was never one of my favorite things. ;-) Real world experience for the win! — Sorry Amie ;-)
-What’s something you wished you had known as an undergraduate?
Honestly, I just I wish I would have known I wasn’t going to own a loom and spent every spare second weaving my little heart out ;-) I miss you, loom!
Want to check out more of Rachel’s work?