Welcome to my first interview style post for Style On The Run!
Originally from the Wirral, Merseyside, Rachael graduated from the University of Leeds in 2005, with a BA (Hons) in Textile & Fashion Design. Her first job was as a print & design technician whilst also working as a part time freelancer in the textile industry. She then went on to progress with her textile & stitched screen printed pieces and held her first solo exhibition called ’stitched’ in 2006 at the Brahm Gallery Leeds.
Later that year Rachael was awarded 1st prize in the Janome creative competiton for a layered paper skirt design.
Then specialising in surface pattern design, she developed her signature style of layering & textures. This signature style is present in both her screenprinted pieces & CAD work.
Wanting to obtain further experience & CAD knowledge Rachael applied for a job with one of the greetings market leaders, where she worked as a mac designer for two years specialising in surface pattern design. She then set up her own design studio in May 2008 (based in Leeds) where she now works as a freelance surface pattern designer & textile artist.
Rachael is currently working on her own label but also has a variety of clients in the UK, Europe & the USA from design studios to private buyers in the art, ceramics, interior, fashion, greetings & marketing industries including Paperchase, Tigerprint for Marks and Spencers and House of Fraser.
What inspires you creatively?
I’m inspired by lots of other designers out there, I admire Orla Kielys success & I love Paperchase/ Urban Outfitters stores. I love any designer who takes risks & has a quirky edge to their work. I love textures/ mundane things & run don buildings etc i get so many Ideas fromsomething that looks imperfect
Biggest achievement so far?
I’m just really pleased with the clients I have built up since setting up my business just two years ago. A recent partnership i’m proud of is Graham & Brown; I have designed some wall art for their range. I have been published in 3 great books this year & was awarded Twitter’s happiest user by The Telegraph in 2009!
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The books that Rachael has been published in are available below…