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Rebecca started Dropcloth Samplers in . They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Dropcloth Samplers?
I started my career as an academic art professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Fiber and Material Studies Department. I taught embroidery and introductory textiles classes. Originally, I fell in love with embroidery through the backdoor when I took a feminist art history class and learned about the social history of stitching. Along the way, I fell in love with the process, and have been interested in the history of sampler making from a feminist perspective ever since.
As a business owner, I feel very fortunate to have sort of stumbled into this line of work. I’m so much happier now that I was an academic, and I certainly have a lot more free time to spend with my family.
After getting my MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I stayed on and taught there for seven years. In addition to my academic teaching work, I also taught embroidery and drawing workshops around the country at places like Haystack and Penland School of Crafts. While living in Chicago, I was also the director of the textile department at a local art center, where I taught screen printing, which is where I printed the first hundred runs or so of Dropcloth Samplers.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story