A fascination with local buildings has led Rachel to research into their history as well as just interpreting their beauty and uniqueness.‘Some of these buildings are so well known and used, yet very often, overlooked.
I wanted to stop, appreciate them properly, get to know every curve, brick, nook and cranny and try to impress that feeling of architectural awe into every print I make.’ Each proposed project starts by visiting, sketching and photographing a chosen building or scene at different times of the day and night, later developing this back in the studio. A sketch becomes a detailed drawing which is then transferred onto lino or cardboard, then the lengthy process of cutting, inking, wiping and masking the 'block' starts. Finally the creation of an edition by hand burnishing each print with a wooden spoon or Japanese baren, one unique print at a time - made with lots of care, dedication, patience and joy!
Rachel's background is as an illustrator. After graduating from Maidstone College of Art with a BA(Hons) in Illustration she worked as a freelancer in editorial publishing for over twenty-five years. Looking for a change in artistic direction, Rachel discovered The Fry Gallery in Saffron Walden and was inspired by the work of the ‘Artists of Great Bardfield’, in particular Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious and Sheila Robinson. Having always been fascinated by the craft of printmaking, she decided to enrol in a short course at The Curwen Print Study Centre near Cambridge and has never looked back.
Her work is in many private collections and her clients have included various organisations including The Department of Health; The London Philharmonic Orchestra; BBC Books and many more.
Rachel works from her home studio in West London, where visitors are always welcome by appointment.