Rachel Reynolds graduated from Loughborough University, with a BA (Hons) in Printed Textiles. After receiving an award from the Southern Arts Board and becoming a Prince's Trust supported business, Rachel was able to develop her work and continues to work as a freelance textile designer / artist and tutor.
In 2012 Rachel completed an MA in textile design (Distinction) at Winchester School of Art. This enhanced her existing practice of bespoke screen printed textiles, by predominantly bringing her hand drawn elements to the forefront of her designs. Rachel continues to implement her knowledge of traditional screen printing alongside new technology, combining layers of drawings, block prints and patterns by hand and composing them digitally. The result is a fresh range of designs that retain characteristics of the handmade. Products include fabrics, wallpaper, light shades and Perspex wall art.
Rachel has experience of working to commission and has extended her product line to include; room dividers, upholstered furniture and site-specific Perspex artworks. Previous commissions have included: large scale contemporary backdrops within churches and building atria, alongside smaller wall hangings and textile pieces for the domestic interior.
In 2015 Rachel became Part-Time Digital Textiles Technician at Winchester School of Art. She provides technical support for Fashion and Textile Design students in Digital Mimaki Printing, delivers workshops and demonstrations to BA and MA students in fabric dyeing and CAD, alongside offering practical support in the use of specialist equipment.