I am a textile and mixed media artist with a background in painting.  An extended textile art course from 2014 to 2016  gave me the foundation to develop my practice in this area.  However, over the years I have explored various disciplines such as ceramics, art journaling and the more traditional fields of embroidery which have  given me different skills to employ in my work.

I am deeply interested in synthesis – the bringing together of materials and ideas to create something new.  There are so many possibilities!   I have always loved paper from being a small child and continue to use a lot in my work, combining it with fabrics, threads and other materials to create layered and complex surfaces.

The natural world is my dominant source of inspiration.   I live in West Yorkshire looking over to the Pennines, and the landscape is both interesting and ever-changing.  However, I am drawn to the smaller things around me.  I look up and around for a sense of wellbeing but look down and in to feed my artistic curiosity.  A camera is a constant companion with which to record and remember that which doesn’t find its way back to my studio!

I have displayed work as part of two textile groups over several years, and have been a demonstrator for the ‘Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts’ ICHF show in Manchester 2017 and National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, 2018.

I am the founder member of ‘Hillstone Fibre Arts’ who had their first exhibition at Harrogate in May 2017.

I have had a couple of articles published in ‘threads.In-fusion’ e-mag, been interviewed for a creative magazine blog and have had an article in Maggie Grey’s WOW book.  I have  self-published a small book about how to think through the different stages of creativity using examples from my own work.

I do hope you enjoy the blog – I have been writing for several years now and it has grown significantly over that time, with over 400 followers from around the world.  I do try to keep a somewhat humorous perspective on life as I think we all need a bit of that, but it is also about sharing my love of making with you.



3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Rachael,
    Your work is lovely!
    I’d be very interested in reading your book and/or attending any workshops you might be putting on.
    Do you have any details of either please x

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