Hello, I'm Rachel and I really love working in my studio! I love using colour and pattern in my work. I trained in Textile and Fashion Design at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design prior to becoming a Retail Manager for a national company.
After several years I realised that I needed to do something more rewarding, so undertook a year Postgraduate Teacher Training at the University of Cambridge. Following that I became a Secondary Art, Design and Photography Teacher and soon after a Head of Department.
One of the most fulfilling opportunities I had whilst teaching was to lead Art trips and Expeditions abroad and develop a love of travel and other cultures. Being in the classroom inspiring children and leading a team has been an amazing experience, but I always believed that I needed to keep learning too. I enjoyed my teaching career for 16 years before leaving to concentrate on completing a Masters Degree in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University where I have developed my practice further using printmaking and digital ways of working in addition to paper engineering!
Having finished the course in 2018 I am now lecturing part time in Graphic Design and Illustration and Illustrating from home.
In 2018 I was longlisted for the Book illustration Competition run by The Folio Society and The House of Illustration and also shortlisted for The World Illustration Awards, Children's books category, new talent! 'Into The Forest' was exhibited at Somerset House, London June 2018. This first book is due to be published with Scholastic UK in Autumn 2019.
I am represented by Hilary Delamere of The Agency London Limited.