Rachel is a printmaker, designer and print teacher.
In her own work she celebrates wild creatures, special places and folklore tales.
A lot of her lino prints are all about the forest and those who dwell there. Whether woodpeckers and owls or wild boar and deer, she likes to portray the creatures in a simplified graphic habitat, taking references from mid-20th century design.
The mysteries of the forest and it’s inhabitants have led her to make a body of work inspired by Northern European fairytales, and in particular the ‘house in the woods’ architype within the stories.
Some of her work celebrates special places. She depicts their wildlife, landscape, architecture and sense of place in screen prints which take some reference from the optimistic travel posters of last century.
She works mainly in linocut and screen printing but also loves monoprinting and collage. She uses her images to make products in paper, cotton, china and wood and together these form the Collections. She works from her studio at Northlights Art Studios in Hebden Bridge, where she has also become a print tutor in the adult education programme there. She is loving passing on the fantastic print teaching she received, sharing the knowledge and resources she has accumulated and making a space for people’s creativity to flourish.