Rachel Carter

Description

Exhibiting in - Docking Shop 1

Rachel Carter creates sculptural pieces for the garden/landscape using mild steel and woven willow.

Trained at The University of Derby in 3D Sustainable Design, she mixes her love of art and design, with her passion for the environment.Inspiration for her work comes from the plants within her own garden and trips to botanical gardens and the English countryside. Nature creates beautiful fluid shapes and this finds its way into the shapes that she creates with willow and mild steel.

Rachel's studio is based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire with five other designer/makers to create the collective group 'Shed 2 Studios.'

Artist Statement:

The nature of Rachel's work is to design and create sculptural pieces for the garden or landscape setting, using mild steel and woven willow.

Trained at The University of Derby in 3D Sustainable Design, she mixes her love of art and design, with her passion for the garden and the environment. New sculptures designed through the commission process are created and offered for sale through Galleries, Garden Centres and online as limited edition pieces.

Inspiration for her work comes from plants within her own garden and trips to Botanical gardens and the English countryside. Nature creates beautiful fluid shapes and this finds its way into the shapes that she creates with willow and mild steel.

Willow rods are entwined and woven onto a welded mild steel frame, which creates a structural skeleton for the sculpture. Using traditional methods of metal work and weaving to marry these two materials together creates endless possibilities for style, shape and use.

The metal frame will slowly change colour as it is weathered by the elements to blend seamlessly with the woven willow; which is preserved in the traditional manner with Boiled Linseed Oil.

Rachel's studio/workshop is based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire with five other designer/ makers to create the collective group 'Shed 2 Studios'.

Along side her commission work, is community-based work as a visiting artist assisting others in the creation of natural sculptures.

Website: www.rachelcarter.co.uk

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