Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts & crafts world:
My name is Rachel Malloy and I own Bunky Boutique, a neighborhood shop that has been a Phoenix staple since 2007. Bunky specializes in blending well known lines along with local and indie designers and artisans. I live in downtown Phoenix, love spending time with my husband, enjoy reading, exercising, coffee shops, drinking tea, writing and traveling. The ocean waves on a cold day make me feel alive and the energy of cities makes me feel connected to all of humanity.
Q: What/who is your biggest inspiration?
My Uncle Tim has been my biggest inspiration since I was a child. He taught me that if I can dream it, I have the capacity to fulfill that dream. He was an incredibly talented dancer and choreographer and he will always inspire me to walk through the fears that come with being vulnerable and taking creative chances.
Q: How did you get into your position in the arts & crafts world?
As a shop owner, my job is to curate a collection of products that are innovative and unique. I have had the honor to develop relationships and partnerships with local artisans and see their growth and the growth of the arts and crafts world in Phoenix as a whole.
Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours: Weekend activity? Food? Color? Animal?
Favorite weekend activity - drinking tea and reading the NY Times with my husband Jim
Favorite color - burnt sienna
Favorite animal - kitties
Favorite Broadway show - Hamilton the Musical
Favorite people - my team Bunky family: Lauren, RC, and Ashley
Q: What do you love most about the handmade movement?
The people I have met and have had the privilege to work with! They are hard working and have just the right combination of grit and vulnerability to stick with their passions. I admire anyone that has a vision and knows that one of the most important things to creating a peaceful world is to do the thing that makes you feel joy!
Q: What is most important feature in an artist’s application for you?
Authenticity. Being a buyer for the past 8 1/2 years has given me a keen eye for knowing when someone's creation is authentic to their vision and self.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Jackalope Arts jury?
I'm looking forward to seeing beauty and art from a whole new perspective and to get inspired by the bold creativity of the Phoenix arts and crafts community.
Q: Where can we find out more about you?