Rachael Howard

Howard, R (1998) Rachael Howard. Ruthin Craft Centre. ISBN 1900941109

Item Type: Exhibition
Creators: Howard, R
Abstract: Rachael Howard designs and makes colourful and imaginative screen-printed, appliquéd and embroidered narrative wall hangings, framed works, and interior and fashion accessories. All are based on sketches of people, their postures, expressions and movements, and communicate Rachael's fascination with everyday life. Her work has been described as "witty, lively, intriguing, decorative, fresh and economically executed". Howard's designs focus on the innocent and domestic pleasures of living, such as cooking, eating, gardening and swimming. As she explains, "everyday goings-on attract me. I find it fascinating to watch what people do, the rituals they follow, like opening their deck-chairs and having a flask of coffee". Working from drawings in her sketch book, Howard cuts out vibrant scraps of fabrics, lays them in place, and then bonds them to the cotton or linen background - the original line drawing is screen printed over the top, and details and shading are added with machine embroidery. Discussing the inspiration for her work, Howard has said: "I like recording my life, and recording everyday life is what the old needlework pieces used to do; early quilts expressed important themes in a woman's life…I appreciate the low-tech simplicity and sense of order in historic work, particularly the format of many samplers". Howard was one of the Royal College of Art's first six embroidery postgraduates in 1992, and has exhibited at the Geffrye Museum in the past. 'Rachael Howard - Contemporary Textiles' will be held in the Geffrye's design centre, a gallery which promotes the work of the most talented designer-makers in East London by showing their products to a wider audience and helping their businesses to grow. The exhibition has been organised by Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales.
Date: 1998
Event Location: Ruthin Craft Centre
ISBN: 1900941109
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
Divisions: Bath School of Design
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2014 09:02
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:34
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