Rachel Chiodo (Curator, Fine Artist & Educator)
Rachel combines a flair for artistic design and technical expertise when it comes to jewelry making. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, USA. During her studies at RISD, Rachel embarked on her first steps towards her profession as an instructor. She was a teacher assistant in four different Academic Courses, Continuing Education Program, and co-lead the Study Abroad program to Germany in the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department. In 2015, she was selected to show in the Galerie Marzee Graduate show held each summer in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Rachel worked for one year as a goldsmith at a jewelry business in her hometown, where she furthered her skills in working with precious stones and metals. This developed her technical and design abilities- working on repairs and new pieces for clients.
In the summer of 2016, Rachel became a Teacher in Residence at The Design Studio by Azza Fahmy (DSAF). In this capacity, she developed a curriculum that teaches all required course material on jewelry design, history and making over two academic semesters as well as tutoring schools beginner students’ curiosity for exploring new dimensions of art & jewelry. This combined her love for teaching, technical skills and sharing design and concept principals.
In 2017, Rachel moved to London for a master’s degree in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, broadening her education beyond jewelry to exhibition making and programming. She curated ‘For the Time Being’, an exhibition on digital art practices in collaboration with the Photographers’ Gallery located in central London. The exhibition went on to show at Video Vortex held in Malta, September 2019.
Moving back to Cairo & DSAF, Rachel was keen to share her experience with our students and naturally she’s now holding the position of Teacher in Residence focusing on advanced and graduating students. Supporting students to expand their creativity, self-expression and how to mount and curate their first solo exhibitions.