I've been asked to prepare a bio for Pioneer Park, and I am EXTREMELY frustrated. Not happy with what I've done, and wishing I hadn't put this off so late...
Here's what I've got so far.
Rebecca Sirevaag grew up along the Western coast of the U.S. Her dad was a forester and botanist, so many of her fondest memories involve the outdoors he loved: agate collecting on Oregon beaches, tramping through the forests of Oregon and Washington, and camping in Death Valley.
In the early eighties, her family moved to Kotzebue, Alaska, the largest Eskimo village. A couple of years later they arrived in Fairbanks, where Rebecca focused on music and English in high school. She attended UAF and graduated with a B.A. in Theatre and Music.
Upon graduation she moved to Fort Worth, TX to focus on the performing arts in the context of her Christian faith. She joined a Repertory Theatre Company, appropriately called The Company and spent the next 5 years acting, singing and dancing across the U.S.
She moved to Seattle, WA to teach Theatre & English, where she met her husband, Jake Sirevaag, who is currently visitor staff at UAF's Museum of the North. She continued to perform and direct multiple theatrical performances.
Enter BEADS- Rebecca had always performed in the more ephemeral arts- singing, dancing, acting; however, when she was put on bed-rest for three months during her first pregnancy, books could only help her deal with the boredom so much...
Her sister, Beth came to stay with her in Seattle, and shared her passion for beading.
Rebecca has been working with beads for about the same age as her oldest daughter, Deborah- eight years. Maybe she’ll get to do more performance art when her daughters are older, but for right now she is delighted to share her love of beads, metal-smithing and wirework.
Her favorite beads are crystals, glass, and chains. Her favorite metal is copper, and her favorite medium is wirework.