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Rachel Riggin is SuperSugarRayRay

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your business.

My name is Rachel Riggin and my business is called SuperSugarRayRay – a nickname given to me by and old roommate (Hi Molly!). I officially went into business in 2007 but have been doing this as a side project since whenever I was short of cash.

How did you first get involved with crafting?

I have been crafting since kindergarden – isn’t that when we all started crafting? My childhood was filled with beautiful, old quilts of my grandmothers, great grandmothers and great, great grandmothers and my mother nurtured that craft, teaching me to sew on the home Singer when I was 10 years old. My father was always tinkering, fixing things and helping my older brothers build hovercrafts, boxcars and go-karts.

What are your favorite materials to work with?

Soft things, silky things and colorful things. As tricky as silk can be to work with, the colors found in silk makes it worth the extra effort. Applique and embroidery continue to be staples in my designs.

Do you have a favorite color palette?

Purples, hot pink, blacks and greys are big favorites. Oh yeah, yellow, red and orange too. I like to create things in accordance to the colors found in the seasons.

What are your inspirations in your art and in life?

I am always inspired by nature. High-end fashion magazines quicken my pulse. Shows at the De Young museum get me sketching and my friends keep me on my toes with a smile on my face.

What is your favorite song or album to listen to while working?

I mostly listen to KALX, KUSF or KPOO while I work. No commercials and I leave the DJing to the professionals.

Who are some of your favorite indie artist/crafters and why do you love them?

Silver Lucy for her ability to always surprise and impress me. I had the honor of collaborating with the artist SWOON last year on the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea. She is incredibly talented and professional while being underground (relatively) and can remain totally calm and in the moment even when dealing with 60 other artists, clowns, performers, NYPD and the Coast Guard.

Any exciting future plans or developments in the works for your business?

I am in the process of expanding my product line, working on a new website and I hope to collaborate with more crafty folks in the near future.

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