Bolton School of The Arts
Fashion & Textiles
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Rachel has experience of running workshops, exhibiting and teaching areas of mixed media textiles and is particularly interested in the use of natural colourants. Her portfolio of work reintroduces the use of indigenous natural colourants, which were native and traditionally abundant in the North East of Lancashire, specifically the Forrest of Bowland, dating back to the 17th Century, with focus on sustainability and cultural and historical heritage.
The alchemy and production of naturally dyed fibres influence the use of colour within her own ideation as an artist. The conceptualisation that colour can effectuate a psychological response is analysed and evaluated within her own practice as a colourist for fashion and interiors.
Rachel has exhibited internationally at Mood Brussels, Pall Mall, London with Wool Modern, alongside Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, the Platform gallery, Knitting and Stitch Show, Harrogate and Newhouse in York. She has also run workshops across Lancashire at National Trust properties and English Heritage mills.