I’ve just discovered Rachael Howard. How cool is she? She has created a tie collection out of doodles she first created and then screen-printed onto fabric. O for Oar-some, I reckon. A creative and commercially savvy woman who makes money out of her doodling. Just brilliant.
Of course, it’s not quite that simple…
Rachael had early success designing tie collections for Paul Smith. Her own tie collections are hand screen-printed, using water-soluble dyes on to natural linen.
She was also one of the Royal College Of Arts first six Embroidery post graduates in 1992. Since then she has become renowned for devising new ways of combining screen-printed drawings with appliquéd fabrics and machine embroidery. Rachael has been involved in a variety of projects, including the prestigious Jerwood Textiles Prize (1997) for which she was short-listed..
She has a fascination with drawing, particularly people , observing their postures, expressions and actions in spontaneous sketches – often humorous studies of human behaviour. These drawings are translated into graphic, screen-printed, appliquéd and machine embroidered narrative images – beautifully crafted and exactingly worked motifs. Howard expresses events through drawing, fabrics and stitch, using image, text and object to tell – often autobiographical – stories of the everyday.
I’d like to learn more about her work BUT the only website I can find is her tie collections here. Rachael Howard, why don’t you have a website detailing more of your fabulous work…?