Rachel is a darling creative who lives in the Fargo-Moorhead area and is helping us to prepare for OTA: Bismarck on March 14. Thanks for all you do, Rachel!

Name: Rachel Neumiller

City: Moorhead, Minnesota. I grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota.

How else can we connect with you? 

Twitter: @rachtherachel

Instagram: @peardmade

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rachel.neumiller.7

What are three things to watch, to listen to and to read?

Watch Fantastic Mr. Fox. It’s almost life-changing. Listen to The Moth podcast. Read Wolftree magazine.

Who is your community? 

I’m grateful to have a few different communities. I recently graduated college at MSUM, so I am still connected to a community and friends there. My sister and I are the PEAR’D brand and love being part of a maker community in Fargo and Bismarck. And with friends and family in Bismarck, I’d say I have a community there, too.

What do you do best? / What passion project are you working on right now?

I really love helping people get excited about a project and sharing the story of whatever it is we’re working on. I’d say that’s the thing I’m best at: bringing enthusiasm. Or snacks. I’m a semi-pro snacker. As far as passion projects go, PEAR’D is it! We design and sew totes, zippered pouches and aprons. The creativity involved in creating a brand is something I’m excited to do every day (or spare weekend).

Who are people who influence your creative and community work, and why?

Lacey Heid and Ashley Morken. Ashley has brought together amazing creative spaces and communities. Her work inspires and motivates me. Lacey puts so much passion into everything she does, both creatively and in the community. Her love and hard work have always been an inspiration to me (she’s my sister).

How does working and living in the OTA region affect you?

I really do love the OTA region, specifically North Dakota. I love the closeness to the outdoors, and the role the land plays in our culture. And I think that vastness plays into the importance of knowing your neighbors, which I also love. I think sometimes we grow up with this idea that our home regions can’t be that great. And when we decide to change that, and to make our communities what we want them to be, amazing things start to happen. Realizing and working to make this a reality is one of my favorite parts about living here.

What is one current trend you think will change the world?

Highlighting kindness, specifically on social media.