Last but by no means least in our round-up of a dozen makers creating work perfect for museum and gallery retailers is textile designer Rachel Morley. Rachel’s handcrafted and playful forms are great examples of the distinctive wares we’ve profiled in our virtual partnership with the Association for Cultural Enterprises. These charming and individual vessels would look great in a museum or gallery shop, and we invite you to browse Rachel’s wares with that in mind.
Leicestershire-based Rachel creates unique felt items by hand, using the wet felting method. The natural colours and shapes of the Scottish coastal landscape have inspired her Pebble range, comprising Doorstops, Cubby Bowls, Cubbyholes and Pebble Pods.
Rachel experiments with wool fibres from different varieties of sheep, to take advantage of their varying qualities. She says, “My handmade felt vessels are built using mainly British Breed Wool fibres. I am working hard on the provenance of my work by connecting with small farms and sourcing the fibres directly from their Rare Breed Sheep. It has become the main focus in my work as I explore how the different wool fibres behave during the wet felting process.”
Rachel continues, “I hope that retailers in the UK heritage and museum sector will find my work and its provenance as interesting as I do. There are exciting opportunities for creating collections for these venues. My website has detail of all the products I make.”