Rachel studied at Nottingham Trent University, gaining an Exceptional First Class Hons Degree in Decorative Arts - specialising in Metalwork, along with other mixed media processes. A passion for materials allows playful processes to be explored throughout pieces.
Rachel seeks to challenge the concepts of contemporary jewellery, producing a range of high end , mixed material pieces. She loves to challenge the way in which people perceive a piece, by creating small scale sculpture that can be worn on the body, in a way chosen by the wearer. Carefully considering material combination and placement, her work often explores bespoke materials, evoking curiosity between the piece and the wearer themselves. She gathers materials in a collection, waiting to explore them through combination and placement, in a 3D drawing process. Drawing with materials is an essential part of her practice, with linear forms, featuring strongly alongside geometric shapes and spaces. These ideas and themes are explored through bold strikes of colour and simple lines, bought together to create statement brooches, earrings and necklaces,. Pieces are created using enamel, Formica, walnut and acrylic. By stacking, layering and placing components together, she finds different ways of constructing pieces using traditional jewellery techniques such as setting and riveting. This process allows her to explore and explode original thoughts, creating new ideas from one original starting point.
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ACHIEVEMENTS, GRANTS AND AWARDS
Goldsmiths - COVID 19 Fund 2020
Crafts Council’s - Hothouse programme 2017
Bright Ideas- Solo show, Sara Preisler Gallery Birmingham May 2017
The Biscuit Factory Foundation presents OPEN CONTEMPORARY YOUNG ARTIST AWARD- Newcastle Upon Tyne May 18th - 20th Aug 2017
Cultivated Programme - Unit Twelve Gallery, Stafford, March 2016 - September 2016
Rachel has a studio is based at the stunning Unit Twelve Gallery, in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, a beautiful rural location she feels very lucky to work in. Unit Twelve is a contemporary craft workshop and exhibition space, hosting a regularly changing programme of exhibitions and workshops. She shares the space with four other contemporary craft makers, creating a great, lively environment to work in with advice, reassurance and a place for development. Rachel has been a resident at the studio for four and a half years and at the start of 2020, expanded the studio to create a space for teaching and workshops. She now host a programme of contemporary jewellery workshops including techniques from enamelling to traditional silversmithing.