Welcome to Rachel Zoë Textile Art

A small window into my creative world of textile art

I create art with ‘visual texture’ by applying free machine embroidery and applique to textiles and other mixed media, sometimes embellishing with hand stitching too. These depict landscapes, seascapes, trees and flowers as well as ‘statement pieces’ to highlight social issues such as the injustice of homelessness, the lack of PPE during Covid and how global warming is affecting animals and sea creatures. My most recent development in 2022 is a growing collection of more abstract work (not yet on this website).

My style is loose and full of texture, preferring frayed edges as a finish, but I also use frames when they best suit the artwork. My materials are mostly recycled items – scarves from charity shops or my own re-purposed old clothes, curtains and found items.  Even a black bin bag forms the foreground of one of my statement pieces!  I love making bespoke greetings cards and framed pictures that pick up on my customers’ favourite colours, animals or scenery.

My artistic influences include Cubism, Tracy Emin, Grayson Perry, Constance Howard and Alice Kettle. I regularly receive inspiration from fellow textile artists living in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire who meet monthly as a group at my house in Ross-on-Wye.

Much of my work is for sale and I undertake commissions – please contact me for a chat!

Qualifications and Training

  • City & Guilds in Textiles with Machine Embroidery, 2019-2020 – achieving Distinctions in both the Design and Machine Embroidery modules, tutored by Caroline Park.
  • Courses and workshops by Tigley Textiles, Angie Hughes, Littleheath Barn.

Testimonials

Exhibitions

Herefordshire Art Week
(in Brockhampton Church)
Sept 2019

Elmslie House in Malvern, Worcestershire: Exhibition of work by the members of Elmslie Embroiderers
Jan 2022

Hereford Museum & Gallery, alongside Grayson Perry’s travelling exhibition of his ‘Vanity of Small Differences’ tapestries. Her piece ‘No Justice for the Homeless’ was chosen for this exhibition of local artwork that reflected Grayson’s social themes.
Oct  ~ Dec 2021

The Secret Gallery in Newent, Gloucestershire, as part of the ‘Threads of Colour’ exhibition featuring local textile artists.
Oct ~ Nov 2022

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