I currently provide a number of workshops and talks to groups during the year. Although I can often book a week day in advance, Fridays and weekends are preferable for workshops due to my current employment.

I am able to provide talks virtually through platforms such as Zoom.

Below are some workshop options and I am happy to discuss more bespoke wishes of a group.

Natural Selection

(2 Day workshop) Textured backgrounds and prints are created using hedgerow or garden plants and other printable objects such as feathers. You will build a collection from which to edit and build a composition in the form of a small collage or a wall hanging.
We will look at focal elements and explore layering, machine and hand stitching techniques to add emphasis and complexity to your prints and use free machine stitching to employ a ‘stitch and tear’ technique using teabag paper to develop motifs. The workshop is designed to allow students to work in their own individual style using the techniques.

Rachael is a really clear teacher. The workshop was very well-organised. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and only wished it was longer, thank you!(Student, West Yorkshire)

Student work, with kind permission

Objects of Attention

(1 Day Workshop)  Bring along a few objects that you consider treasures or interesting in some way. These might be vintage items or natural objects which have interesting forms and patterns. Using close observation of surface, form and pattern you will create a set of thin papers and tissues which will be painted, printed and marked using various paints and inks.  You will construct a simple house-shaped display form, onto which you will layer your papers. These can be further worked into with text or stamps if wished. A small shelf will contain your object of attention. The items can be wall-mounted or rested on an shelf.

Unfolding Ferneries

(2 day workshop) We will use gathered ferns and variety of fabrics and papers to form a scroll. This may be pieced on fabric or paper according to preference.  Text, letter stamps and lines of poetry  will be used to compliment the images, and you will be encouraged to move from Spring to Autumn colours as you work to tell the story of a fern.  You will use free machine stitching to employ a ‘stitch and tear’ technique using teabag paper to develop motifs.  Hand or machine stitching will be used to embellish and add further interest and texture.   Students will have spare prints which may be used for other small works to accompany the unfolding fernery if time allows.

(1 day workshop) As above, but completed as a smaller, simple paper scroll with the likelihood that stitching will be completed at home following the workshop.

Sea and Stone

(1 Day Workshop)  There is an option for this workshop to be based on either paper collage or fabric-printing and stitch. Beginning by observing a variety of stones and pebbles, you will then work towards building complex, interesting stone surfaces.  Pebbles are arranged in a small stack which can mounted to stand proud and cast a shadow if working on paper, or more simply framed as textile art. You will employ layering, colouring and printing techniques which you can develop in various ways post workshop. Hand or machine stitch can be used on either substrate to enhance stone texture and marks.