DSC04290

Background

From a very early age I created, and tinkered with fabric and fibre. My dream was to be a Fine Artist, but at the time paint was not for me. I specialised in textiles at Teacher Training college, and then achieved a distinction in HNC Textiles.

Influences

Water! I was raised next to the sea on a beautiful mountain in Pembrokeshire, and found peace by it during my ten years in Cornwall. Now living in Horsforth, Leeds, many waterways are never too far away from my vision and inspire me still, along with the rolling moors and dales.

Techniques

There are many techniques I bring in to my textile work – sewing/stitch, dyeing, batik, printing, knitting, quilting, appliqué, patchwork, felting (wet and dry), crochet, beading, embellishing with wire, weaving, binding, wrapping, and so on, it’s almost endless and, allied with the use of colour and imagination, the combinations are what bring a piece to life and excite me.

Creative process

It’s all about the creative process and my connection with it. Creativity is inspired – it is breathed in. Some days the desire to create is overwhelming, and others it’s about showing up, asking for guidance and then just following it. There comes a moment when a piece of work speaks to you and the “work” moves to flow.

Why textiles?

Very simply, textures excite me. I prefer to work with natural fibres, as they have a life of their own and can lead a piece of work with their own energy.

The need for flexibility is strong – I like to develop a piece with stitch, or to create in three dimensions. It thrills me to create a piece of beauty and watch it come to life.

I find my truth in textile art.

It heals me.

It is my authentic self
where I lose myself, completely,

and it is ever changing.

Rachael

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Rachael,

    I am desperately searching for about 50 4cm felt balls to make my own garland with. The only ones I can find are from america and are expensive with the delivery charge.

    I have watched your tutorial on youtube and was wondering if it was possible to cover ping pong balls or polystyrene with the fibre to make felt balls this size. If so, what is the fibre i need to buy and where is the best place to get it?
    how much would I need to buy and what cost do you think it would be to make 40 – 50?

    I would also be interested to know if you make them this size and how much you would charge for either 50 loose multicoloured balls ( I like the colours you have on the tutorial) or a ready made garland of 5m long (or 2 2.5m long) with the balls spaced out, 1 to every 10cm – leaving about 5-6cm gaps in between.

    The length i need must come to 5m, I am dressing my curtains with it 🙂

    Any help would be appreciated so much!

    Thanks kindly,

    Cara

    1. Hi Cara,

      That sounds like an interesting project! I don’t mass produce, but you could try what you suggest, then put each one into the leg of a pair of tights and knot it off between each ball, then stick it in the washing machine.

      I’d try some samples first before committing yourself.

      I’d be really interested to hear how you get on.

      Rachael

Your thoughts...