Some people are born with god given talents. They can create something beautiful out of nothing. This talent has been gifted to my friend Rachel Hutchinson, now White.
Her ability to work with textiles and paints are incredible.
If you had an old run down chair or piece of furniture that was sentimental but on its last legs, you could talk to Rachel. She will lovingly sew up a new life for your belongings.
Rachel's work can be seen in the maternity ward of the Ulster Hospital, which I will have the honour of looking at in August when I go to have my first child.
When Rachel got married, she hand sewed her own wedding bouquet, it was exquisite, as I'm sure you will agree from this photograph. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the dream of making them for other brides will be fulfilled and you too will be able to have your very own personalised bouquet from her shop on etsy.com (not yet set up) - Yeah!, it's now set up. Here is the link to follow - http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GingerbirdBouquets?ref=seller_info_count
This biography is taken from Rachel's website, http://www.rachelhutchinson.com/
Rachel Hutchinson is a Textile Artist from County Antrim who has exhibited in a variety of galleries in Belfast, London, Reading, Halifax and Brighton and has received a number of awards for her artwork. Following her 1st class Textile Art degree in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in 2003, she moved on to become ‘Product Development Executive’ for a leading homewares company in Manchester before returning to Belfast to start her own business in 2006. Rachel recently produced the Major Textile commission for the Ulster Hospital maternity unit, and a textile installation piece entitled ‘Fragment’ for Windsor Woman’s Centre, funded by ‘Arts & Business’ and Stratagem.
“Layering textures, I combine vintage fabrics, papers and paints with detailed stitch-work. I use hand-embroidered mending and traditional patchwork techniques in combination with contemporary compositions which serve as decorative pieces of artwork, while suggesting an undercurrent of contained history, narrative and identity.”
I am very proud of Rachel and her work.
Please check her out and see for yourself.
Thank you - xo