About Pollack | The Studio
Rachel Doriss, Pollack’s Design Director, has textile design in her DNA. “My first official textile pattern was splatter-painting curtains made from old sheets when I was in third grade,” she recalls. It was her grandmother, a weaver, who taught her many fiber arts from the time she was a toddler and they “made things together.” Her high school graduation—a new sewing machine—offers another clue to her early textile passions, as did the uniquely personal clothing it helped her create.
She studied printmaking and painting, and even taught batik workshops when she first entered college. But it was in the Textile Design department at the Rhode Island School of Design that she realized, for the first time, the practical application of her beloved woven and printed textile techniques. She graduated with a BFA from RISD in 1999, and designed printed silk scarves at Echo before joining the Pollack Studio in 2000. In 2007, Rachel was appointed Vice President, Associate Design Director. She took the helm as Pollack’s Design Director in 2011, overseeing the Studio and guiding the creative vision for each textile collection.
In the Studio, she and her team always begin a pattern by first creating artwork by hand. Rachel’s designs for Pollack have been featured in national magazines, including Architectural Digest, Interior Design and Elle Décor, and she has been profiled on such sites as Apartment Therapy and House and Home TV. Two of her creations, “Mod” and “Curlycue,” are in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.