"The meaning of life is to find your gift
The purpose of life is to give it away."
- William Shakespeare -
Rachel has a Masters Degree in Textiles from Birmingham University, a Masters in Education from Worcester University and a HND from Herefordshire Art College.
Each item is completely unique and hand made, some of the complex products can take days, even weeks from concept to finished article. These truly are one off creations and the pinnacle of exclusivity.
Commissions a possibility for that special occasion.
Rachel's work is gaining acclaim in Cornwall and she has been commissioned to produce work for a number of prestigious exhibitions. One of her most recent works is on display in Trelissick House, this was commissioned by The National Trust who selected Rachel from hundreds of other local artists. Her brief was to create a piece of work that told the story of Edward Lawrence in 1776 who was shipwrecked off the coast of The West Indies while endeavouring to cease The Slave Trade.
In 2016, Rachel produced a beautiful piece to contribute to a stunning touring exhibition featuring a variety of art media from sculpture to pottery, painting to metalwork, each commemorating the anniversary of The First World War. Rachel's 8 ft long table runner in silk and velvet depicted silhouettes of war- worn soldiers, barbed wire, map detail of Belgium and France with the colours inspired by green hills, mud-filled trenches and the vibrant red of poppy fields. The sensitivity, detail and care with which Rachel's work provides a thought provoking and moving insight to the this most significant event highlights her creative strength and her skill as an artist. This work was displayed at Trelowarren gallery, Truro Cathedral and Penlee House Gallery, Penzance.
As a member of the Guild @ 51 Rachel is invited to display her work in a variety of venues thoughout the country. She is often asked to give talks and to run workshops as part of the Guild's motivation to create a core group of artists whose work they validate and endorse.
Workshops and Classes
In addition to creating and displaying her own work in galleries, and producing items for retail, Rachel also offers courses from her studio so come along and uncover the inner textile artist in you.
Rachel's friendly, easy going and approachable style enables you to experiment with screen printing, lino cutting, stenciling (to name but a few techniques) and even if you are a compete novice, she is there with a warm smile and a helping hand to quietly guide you produce your own piece of textile art.
Choose from a variety of classes to suit you, One-One, Art with a Friend, Groups, Birthday Parties, Hen Parties. There are lots of ways to enjoy learning a new skill, taking some 'you' time, or relaxing with your friends while making your own bespoke project item.
Our Facilities page gives full details of the refreshment and other facilities available at the studio. For parties, why not let us cater for you too with a champagne high tea?
If making is not for you, then don't worry, that's not the only way to get a Rachel Stowe original. There are many beautiful items to purchase either from specific display locations such as National trust properties, Rachel's studio, or even here on the website.