Rachel started designing in 2001 whilst on maternity leave from her teaching job as Head of ICT. She started out by creating collage artwork from hand-made papers. She then started selling her works though home sales, then through exhibition. Her work then took her into the gift packaging and stationery industry, which she remained in for many years. Rachel's medium started out with paper cut-outs, photography, and ephemera, but more recently Rachel has moved more into illustration. Most recently Rachel has been designing for textile. product, home and packaging. Since 2001 Rachel has exhibited from Bristol to San Francisco, sold throughout the U.K. America and Australia, and has been lucky enough to have been featured in various UK Magazines. During this time Rachel has created so many designs that she no longer has space to showcase them all. Below are a few samples from each period.
2001 - 2004
In 2001 Rachel was creating paper collages for sale at exhibitions and in galleries. It was during this time that she started making hand-made paper cards to sell along side her artwork. After two years of making every single card by hand, she decided to get her artwork litho printed (mainly to give her more time to create new artworks). With litho printed greetings cards, this meant that Rachel had the ability sell through more outlets. She continued to sell her artwork and her printed greetings cards through various outlets. She had a desire to reach out from cards to gift wrap sheets, so Rachel started adding wrapping paper and gift tags to match her greeting cards. She decided to sign up for her first trade show in London and started gearing up to increase her outlets further.