Rachel is a practicing artist, researcher, project and conference organiser, educator and creative entrepreneur. Her practice explores notions of value: what we value and why we value it; through material investigation; subversion; and then market positioning. The studio outcomes are exhibited nationally and internationally. Rachel is interested in portfolio practices and collaborations and how these activities inform each other, impacting and expanding professional practice.
Previous projects include JUNK: rubbish to gold and the founding of Polyphonous, an international collective of jewellers with Professor Jivan Astfalck and Laura Bradshaw-Heap. Rachel has also curated exhibitions including Radius at Ocean Studios, Plymouth, SENSEability with Drew Markou, and Suspended in Green with Flameworks.
Rachel has a BA (Hons) degree, specialising in Jewellery from Middlesex University and an MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products from The School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University. From 2013-14, Rachel was a Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham School of Jewellery.
Member of Klimt 02 and PAC Home (Plymouth Arts Centre)
The psychological significance of transitional objects, emotional attachments, man's predisposition to violence, subversion, value and how it is assigned.
JUNK: rubbish to gold (2015 collaboration with Professor Jivan Astfalck and Laura Bradshaw-Heap, funded live project, exhibition and book)
Subterranea (Munich 2017 & Birmingham School of Jewellery 2018)
SENSEability (curated exhibition with Drew Markou Munich 2015)