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Rachael Howard

“One of our foremost narrative textile artists”, Jo Hall, Embroidery.

Rachael has been making textiles since leaving the Royal college of Art in 1992 as one of the first post graduate students of Embroidery. Since then she has become one of its most respected practitioners. Her graphic, lively sketches of everyday life typify her powers of observation and knack for catching the moment. She has pioneered a lively mix of embroidery and printing techniques, using image, text and object to tell – often autobiographical – stories of the everyday.

Rachael has been involved in many public art commissions and has worked as a freelance designer and illustrator for a range of companies including Paul Smith, Habitat and Liberty. In 1997 she was shortlisted for the prestigious Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts. “The apparent simplicity of her work underlies the ingenuity and dexterity that go with work of this caliber” – Polly Leonard, Embroidery


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