Rachel O’Connell

Rachel is a multi-media marbling artist and an educator.  She has studied marbling with artists across the world and has over 30 years of marbling experience. Her marbled textiles can be found in galleries and The British Museum. 

Rachel is a member of Heritage Crafts, The Society of Bookbinders and Leather UK.  She tutors and demonstrates in schools, galleries and museums across the UK

Describe your approach to teaching
My classes are a safe space, where I encourage students to have fun experimenting with the materials.  My aim is that the techniques taught and simple equipment used, will give the students confidence to continue to successfully marble at home.

What inspires your own work?
I have an interest in interior design, creating textile art for home decor and as wearable art.  I love the diversity of colour and pattern in my marbled textiles, including marbled leather and paper. 

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