Rachael has been a successful practising textile artist and designer since leaving the Royal College of Art in 1992 as one of the first post graduate students of Embroidery. Since then, she has become one of its most respected practitioners and one of our foremost narrative textile artists. Her graphic, lively sketches of everyday life typify her powers of observation and knack for catching the moment. She has pioneered a lively mix of embroidery and screen-printing techniques, using image, text and object to tell – often autobiographical – stories of the everyday.
Rachael regularly exhibits her work nationally and internationally. In 1998 she had her first monograph with Ruthin Craft Centre – a “phenomenally successful” show, which toured nationally for 2 years, with the final destination at the Geffrye Museum, Hackney, London where 32,500 people visited the show. She recently had a solo show of new work titled, “Lost and Found” at the National Trusts’ Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire, 2012. Rachael is a committee member of the highly regarded 62 Group of Textile Artists; they have an active exhibiting program, with a forthcoming 2013 show in Tokyo, Japan. Rachael has been involved in a variety of public art commissions from cushions for benches in Newbury Library to a wall-hanging for the Museum of Science and Industry in Berlin. She also has worked as a freelance designer and illustrator for companies including Paul Smith, Habitat, Liberty and magazines such as Selvedge. She has her own collections of ties and interior accessories which she sells at events such as the Crafts Councils’ Origin Fair.
Rachael has been visiting lecturer at many universities and colleges in the UK and abroad including MMU, Goldsmiths and Central St Martin’s. She has received awards for her work and teaching, in 1997 she was shortlisted for the prestigious Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts and won the Artworks Award for Art in Education in 2003 and 2004, when she was artist in residence at Lauriston Primary School in her then home town of Hackney. This lead on to a live appearance on children’s TV, she is also a featured artist in the BBC Education series The Art of Drawing.
Rachael recently relocated to Wirral, after living nearly 20 years in the creative hub of Hackney, East London. Since arriving on the Wirral, Rachael has lead workshops for The Big Draw and outreach art workshops in the local community.