Rachael is a fun designer, illustrator, author & teacher with over several years industry experience in a variety of fields. Since leaving university this young creative has achieved so much in such a small time span, working for a number of prestigious clients worldwide!
Originally from the Wirral, Merseyside (UK) she graduated from the University of Leeds in 2005, with a BA (Hons) in Textile & Fashion Design. After graduating, 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 her textile & stitched screen printed pieces & 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 Competition' for a layered paper skirt design.
Then specialising in surface pattern design, she developed her early signature style of layering, textures & quirky hand drawn linework. This style is present in both her screen print & digital work. Wanting to obtain further experience & technical knowledge, Rachael applied for a job with one of the UK’s leading greetings market companies, where she worked as a graphic designer for two years specialising in surface pattern design.
In May 2008, Rachael decided to go it alone & set up her own design studio where she now works independently & connects with many corners of the world.
Her entire range of work showcases colours & patterns that are spontaneous, as Rachael loves to draw with her right & left hand & sometimes even with her eyes closed. This way her patterns are unique & full of energy; she takes inspiration from everything around her & a lot of her motifs even come from her own mood & personality!
This free-spirited quality in Rachael’s design work has attracted a variety of clients in the UK, Europe & the US from design studios & high street stores to private buyers. Rachael has designed for the art, ceramics, interior, fashion, textiles, greetings, stationery, gadget & marketing industries.
Clientele examples include: Artistic Britain, Artscase, AM Universal, American Greetings, Card Crazy, Card Making & Papercraft Magazine, Creative Tops, Concept Merchandise, Creative Converting, Demdaco, DENY Designs, Design Design, Flowercard, Graham & Brown, Hallmark, Hanes, Hobby Lobby, Immediate Media Co, IMGS Wallcoverings, Jelly The Pug, Kelly Rae Roberts, Landor, Marian Heath, Milton & King, Mpix, Mudpie, Oneida, Oxfam, Oopsy Daisy, Paper Magic, Paperchase, Quarry Books, Redwood, Regent, Seascape Lamps, Solidline, Tailormade,Target, TeNeues, Trend Bible, Tigerprint, Topflight, UK Greetings, Verbaudeut, Wallpapered.com, WH Smith & Zutano.
On an international level, Rachael is a proud member of the fabulous & well-established Lilla Rogers Studio, based in the US. Lilla represents artists across the globe, licensing & selling work on their behalf since 1984!
Rachael has had over fifty pieces of her work published in many renowned designs books including ‘Print and Pattern’ by Bowie Style (LKP Publishing), ‘Patterns‘ by Drusilla Cole, (LKP Publishing), ‘The Exciting World of Pattern Design‘ by Zeixs Feierabend (Unique Books)’ ‘Patterns’ by Maomao (booQs publishing), ‘Print and Pattern 2’ by Bowie Style (LKP Publishing) & 'Best of Greeting Cards' by Zeixs Feierabend (Unique Books). Her unique web styling & design attracted the attention of ‘Zeixs Feierabend (Unique Books)’ as they showcased her website in their book ‘Websites 3’. Rachael regularly receives design commissions from trend forecasting companies & has had work published in trend books for Trend Bible. Her designs & products are regularly featured in the press & have made several appearances on TV & have attracted a celebrity fan base such as Company Magazine’s regular columnist & stuper stylish TV Chef, Gizzi Erskine!
Rachael welcomes new commissions, freelance work, licensing collaborations along with bespoke product requests as well as lecturing & teaching opportunities. If you are interested in her work or require further information whether it be a range of designs or a single bespoke piece you can simply drop her an email via the contact page. Rachael has recently expanded her area of expertises & by popular demand she now offers a design consultancy service.
In addition Rachael is the Co-Founder of 'MOYO Magazine', 'Make It In Design' & the acclaimed online e-course, 'The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design'.
She's also regularly hired to deliver seminars at lectures around the UK & USA. Projects have included working for: The University of Leeds, Cleveland College of Art, The Design Initiative, St Mary's College, The Association of Illustrators (AOI), Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) & The Teenage Cancer Trust.
*Unfortunately Rachael cannot accept any work placements for the moment, we will advertise when the studio is recruiting again. Please be aware that we only do studio visits for clients.
Random facts about Rachael:
Likes to design to all types of music.
She LOVES colour!
Loves to travel & see the world.
She is a fan of living spontaneously.
Believes in working hard but having lots of fun!