Rachael Taylor is an internationally renowned surface pattern designer, illustrator, published author, public speaker & teacher. She is the Owner & Founder of the Rachael Taylor Studio & the Co-founder of Make it in Design & the groundbreaking e-course The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. The success of these ventures lead to the creation of the popular online publication, MOYO Magazine - the world’s first online magazine dedicated to surface pattern design.
To date, Rachael has collated an impressive (& still growing) list of global clientele & has had over 100 pieces of her work published across many well known design publications as well as several press & media outlets. From design books, interiors magazines & TV appearances, to trend books & online features, Rachael & her one-of-a-kind design portfolio have made a big impression in the design industry. Her artwork decorates products within the ceramic, interior, fashion, textile, greeting, stationery, gadget & personalised markets.
Rachael’s success in the design industry began at the University of Leeds in 2005, with a BA (Hons) in Textile & Fashion Design, where Rachael developed her early signature style of layering, texturing & creating quirky, hand-drawn line work. After graduating she firstly worked in house as a full time print technician with one of the leading textile companies in the north alongside side exhibiting her art in numerous galleries. Wanting to expand her experience & technical knowledge as a graphic designer, Rachael began working for one of the leading UK greetings card companies, where she specialised in surface pattern design for two years.
After Rachael had established her distinctive design style & had built up a wealth of technical knowledge, she decided to set up her own design studio in 2008 to fly solo. With plenty of creative freedom, Rachael began to develop her colourful & original design range & experiment with her inimitable techniques, such as drawing with both her left & right hands & doodling with her eyes closed. In doing this, Rachael has ensured her designs are unique, fun & always full of energy. The free-spirited quality of Rachael’s design work has since attracted a wide range of buyers & clients in the UK, Europe & USA. She is also proudly represented by her agent - the well-established Lilla Rogers Studio.
All of Rachael’s success even prompted her to begin public speaking & she is now regularly hired to deliver design-based seminars & lectures around the UK & USA. With her sister company Make it in Design, Rachael also teaches online surface pattern design modules & helps to deliver e-courses to aspiring designers all over the world; to date her classes have reached over 7000 individual students across 65 different countries. She is also a member of the ACID (Anti-Copying in Design) Advisory Council & an active member in the design community.
Rachael encourages new commissions, freelance work & licensing collaborations. If you are interested in her work, such as her full product range or a particular piece, you can request further information via email on the contact page or request access to her private archive.
American Greetings / Artistic Britain / Artscase / Avery / Card Crazy / Collage Greetings / Demdaco / DENY Designs / Fit For Keeps / Graham & Brown / Hallmark / Hobby Lobby / Jelly The Pug / Landor / Live Happy / Marian Heath / Mollie Makes Magazine / Milton & King / Mpix / Oopsy Daisy / Oxfam / Paper Magic / Quarry Books / Ritzenhoff / Roland DG / Safeway Inc/ Seascape Lamps / Soake / Strategic Partners / Summer Infant / TeNeues / Tigerprint / Topflight / UK Greetings / WHSmith / Zutano
‘20 Ways to Draw a Doodle and 44 Other Zigzags, Hearts, Spirals, and Teardrops: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers’ (Quarry Books) / ‘Draw 500 Dazzling Doodles’ (Quarry Books)
Janome Creative Competition – 1st prize (2005) / Title of ‘The Happiest Person in the UK’ (2009 Media & Twitter poll)
British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) Harrogate (UK) / DRUPA Dusselldorf (Germany) / FESPA Amsterdam (The Netherlands) / Home London (UK) / Indigo Paris (France) / Licensing Expo Las Vegas (USA) / New Designers London (UK) / Printsource New York (USA) / Surtex New York (USA) / Top Drawer London (UK)
Publications & press:
‘A House Beautiful Home Business’ by Emma Jones (Brightword Publishing) / 'Best of Greeting Cards' by Zeixs Feierabend (Unique Books) / ‘Color + Pattern: 50 Playful Exercises for Exploring Pattern Design’ by Khristian Howell (Rockport) / ‘Logo’ by Zeixs Feierabend (Uniques Books) / ‘Patterns‘ by Drusilla Cole (LKP Publishing) / ‘Patterns’ by Maomao (booQs publishing) / ‘Print and Pattern’ by Bowie Style (LKP Publishing) / ‘Print and Pattern 2’ by Bowie Style (LKP Publishing) / ‘Print & Pattern Geometric’ by Bowie Style (LKP Publishing) / ‘The Exciting World of Pattern Design‘ by Zeixs Feierabend (Unique Books) / ‘Websites 3’ by Zeixs Feierabend (Unique Books)
Artful Blogging / Cardmaking & Papercraft / Company / Concept For Living / Country Homes & Interiors / Design Crumbs / Digital Arts / Easy Living / Greetings Today / Handmade Weddings / Home & Lifestyle / Homes & Antiques / House Beautiful / Live Happy / Live & Love York / Living North / Mollie Makes / Mollie Makes Colouring / MOYO / Papercrafter / Perfect Wedding / Period Homes & Interiors / Period Living / Pretty Patches / Real Life Kitchens & Baths / Red / Reloved / Sunday Mirror / The Leeds Guide / Times / UK Handmade / Uppercase / The Uppercase Surface Pattern Design Guide / Wedding Ideas / Yorkshire Post /Yours
The Daily Mail / The Daily Star / The Guardian / The Liverpool Echo / The Metro / The Telegraph / The Wirral Globe / The Wirral News / The Yorkshire Post
Seminars & lectures:
Cleveland College of Art (UK) / Liverpool College (UK) / Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) - Baltimore (USA) / New Designers - London (UK) / Printsource - New York (USA) / The Association of Illustrators (AOI) - London (UK) / The Design Initiative - North West (UK) / St Mary's College - Wirral, Liverpool (UK) / The Teenage Cancer Trust - Leeds General Infirmary (UK) / The University of Leeds (UK)
Additional projects & events:
ACID Advisory Council member / Bespoke Furniture Project - with Jess & Jules / Bespoke Storage Box Project - with Lora Jones / Designer Charity Bauble Project - with Studio Seed / Designer Charity Doodle Wall - at Top Drawer London / Judging Roland DG’s XT Competition for UK Fashion & Design Students / Liverpool UK city centre Snowflake Trail / Sketch Doodle Draw Live / The Rachael Taylor home renovation project / Teenage Cancer Trust - with Leeds General Infirmary
Random facts about Rachael:
Likes to design to all types of music.
She is a colour fanatic!
Loves to travel & see the world.
She is a fan of living spontaneously.
Believes in working hard but having lots of fun!
*Unfortunately Rachael cannot accept any work placements for the moment. Please be aware that studio visits are for clients only.