Rhiannon Fiskradatz is a performer, artist and designer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She imbues her whimsical beadwoven creations with her experiences playing characters, singing stories, and constructing enchanted environments on stages around the Twin Cities and beyond. Her work in the magical realms of music, circus, and theatre – in addition to the constant and conspicuous changing of the seasons in her Midwest home – provide the wellspring of inspiration she taps to devise her beaded sculptures and wearable art.
Raised beside four younger sisters, Rhiannon was always happiest creating costumes for their homespun basement plays, decorating their home for every conceivable holiday or making handmade gifts with whatever was laying around. Passionate about acting from a young age, she didn’t consider herself much of a visual artist until a series of post-college crafting obsessions, like artful bread crumbs, led her to beadwork as a medium. She graduated from simple embellishment to creating fully-realized wearable art in a hurry. She was fortunate to win a ribbon in the 2010 MN State Fair fine arts competition for one of her first pieces, and she’s been pushing the boundaries of her chosen medium ever since. Jewelry is a natural playground for her experimentations, but sculptural pieces – like wall hangings or vessels – and even public art are all realms to which she has increasingly traveled with her beaded imagination.
Utilizing unusual resources and building something from (almost) nothing are skills she prides herself on, having honed them first in Odyssey of the Mind (a creative problem-solving competition) as a young girl and further still in her theatrical work. A love of the abstract, combined with an intensely colorful aesthetic which relies heavily on collage, gives her work its signature whimsical appeal. She avoids plastics and incorporates natural materials & iridescence into her work whenever possible, owing to the belief that she is a faerie and must release a continuous flow of magic into the world.
Rhiannon recognizes the influence of many of the following visionaries on her work, all for whom she holds deep and abiding love and respect, for they open new doors in her imagination daily and continue to guide her heart and hands in matters creative and practical: Joseph Campbell, Mr. Rogers, Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, and Jim Henson.