Maine Craft Interview

with Aminata Conteh, MECA BFA Metalsmithing & Jewelry interviewing  Rachel Gloria Adams, textile designer & painter.


Maine Craft Interviews bring emerging craft artists together with established Maine craft artists in an interview, led by the emerging artist. The interviews are coordinated, recorded and shared by the Maine Crafts Association. The project serves to support and engage emerging artists by providing a platform and structure to access first hand craft career experiences one on one. The emerging artist designs interview questions and interviews an established artist of their choosing.

The interview process and content brings artists at different career points (and perhaps generations) together, fosters connections, community and storytelling, and provides a introduction of emerging artists to our craft community and a fresh content for the working, established artists we already know and love!

Rachel Gloria Adams is a textile designer and painter living in Portland, Maine.

Rachel has worked as an arts organizer and educator and has exhibited her artwork throughout New England. Her most recent project and business venture TACHEE utilizes imagery she developed through painting as textile print.

Rachel and husband, Ryan Adams, have recently taken on a series of murals, Piece Together Project, throughout Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood celebrating locals that have shaped the community.

Aminata Conteh grew up in New York and is currently a metalsmith and multidisciplinary artist pursuing a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at Maine College of Art.

At MECA, Aminata has been involved in student life as a Resident Assistant and in student organizations, serving as the current Vice President of the Students of Color Coalition, which promotes inclusivity, equity and provides support for students of color. She also works as an intern at Indigo Arts Alliance, a nonprofit arts center whose mission is to build global connections by bringing together Black and Brown artists from diverse backgrounds to engage in creative processes as Artists in Residence.

The Maine Crafts Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization supporting craft artists by providing educational, marketing and retail opportunities. Our ability to accomplish our mission and help artists thrive is reliant on individual contributions.