Throughout all of Rachel’s work, she has utilised a range of hand weaving techniques to create woven sculptures, often taking inspiration from the natural world and the geometric patterns that can be found there.
In 2012 Rachel began her research looking if she could work other materials in the same manner as willow with an emphasis on resistant materials.
The answer was found in wax, a material that can be blended to have specific qualities and is used within Lost Wax Casting. Using the skills of a British wax refinery they created a wax which can withstand hand weaving techniques and that burns away cleanly to be used in the direct lost wax method.
In 2013 she successfully produced the first large scale cast spherical bronze with the help of Arts Council. It was showcased at the 100th Chelsea Flower show then at the University of Leicester’s Botanical Gardens and now proudly sits within the World Heritage Site, the Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, the birth place of the Industrial Revolution.
Rachel continues her research and development of this new method of direct casting and some of her smaller work can be found in Galleries and exhibitions across the UK. Large statement pieces are available to commission and can be made to a size to suit your landscape. Use the contact page to contact Rachel to discuss your commission requirements.