Rachel's personality and experiences resonate with Professor Csikszentmihalyi's analysis of the creative personality. Professor Csikszentmihalyi studied the characteristics that contribute to creativity in individuals. Rachel's mother was an art teacher, suggesting that Rachel may have possessed a genetic predisposition for artistic ability. Rachel was also intellectual from a young age, demonstrating her interest in science by "owning a microscope and dissecting owl pellets at age 8" (Anatomical Element 2015). Her high IQ initially enhanced her creativity and allowed her to gain the foundation necessary for her science background. Rachel's curiosity, enthusiasm and passion propelled her to succeed in science and metalworking.
Rachel is now based in Chicago, creating innovative jewelry and working for a pediatric urologist for a company called CEVL. She designs visuals for online education programs intended to improve efficiency and teamwork during surgical procedures. Rachel's passion for anatomy inspired her to begin creating jewelry, but her motivations have evolved to include advocacy for patients and caregivers. She creates pieces based on clients' personal experiences, utilizing tools like surgical staples that are significant and sentimental for her clients. Her jewelry raises awareness of illnesses, and she has focused primary on cystic fibrosis in the past. Rachel became a caregiver after her husband underwent open heart surgery and gained empathy for others in similar situations, exemplifying the notion that creative individuals express suffering, pain and enjoyment through their artistic mediums.
Rachel is an inspiration for all of us to examine the dark spaces of our world and reveal the beauty within them. She challenges the notion of traditional beauty and encourages others to defy social restrictions, recognizing that beauty exists everywhere. Taboo and eerie topics contain hidden treasures. It is the duty of creative individuals to find beauty in the bizarre.
Csikszentmihaly, Mihaly. Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. New York: HarperCollinsPublishers, 1996. Print.