Today, I'm excited to be able to share with you the work of Rachel Parker. I spotted Rachel's work in the Graduate Showcase at the Knitting & Stitching show at Alexandra Palace back in October, and it was love at first sight.
© Rachel Parker
Rachel graduated from Norwich University College of the Arts last summer with a first class honours degree in Textiles. From here she was chosen by the Embroiderer's Guild to exhibit at all three of the Knitting & Stitching Shows (in London, Dublin and Harrogate) last autumn, where she was then selected to be the Textile Study Group Graduate of the Year. She went on to be awarded the Zoffany prize for her length of digitally printed wallpaper at the CAMAC Student Wallpaper Competition, and as a result she will be spending a month at the prestigious Zoffany design studio this year.
© Rachel Parker
Rachel's work is an exploration of digital print and hand embroidery. Her current collection experiments with ways of combining the flexibility and immediacy of digital print with the slow simplicity of stitching by hand. Rachel is drawn to archives and inspired by historical textile samplers, the repetition of simple marks and the idea of 'the multiplication of a nothing'. Her first experience of textiles was learning to cross stitch as a child, and this memory has influenced her recent work.
Rachel is part of the Flock Design Collective, a new enterprise that aims to help support and promote up-and-coming designers under their own name. This spring her designs will be on sale in Liberty London and Studio 4 on Broadway, New York.
She currently works on a freelance basis and is available for commissioned work in interiors, fashion and one-off hand embroidered pieces.