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Rachael Jordan has recently completed a degree in Illustration at the University of Portsmouth, and currently lives in Southsea.
Throughout my degree course I became more and more interested in fabric collage and especially embroidery as a medium, from a long love of textiles and sewing since I was little, finding harmony in knitting and stitching as my Mum used to teach me. The main themes within my work are science based, with interests also in human nature and phenomena, biology, the unconscious mind, and popular culture. I hope to keep working within these themes and to explore and gain more skills in textile art and embroidery, hopefully ending up in freelance illustration and embroidery design for fashion and apparel. It is the mixing of various media, both traditional hand crafts and innovative technology, that fascinates me and inspires me.
Armed with a sewing machine, camera, various threads and fabrics, and a pencil, I create my illustrations motivated by combining traditional hand craft techniques with contemporary images and concepts. I also like to use photographical elements, using different methods of transfer onto fabrics, and digital software to touch up work and create different layers and effects to make interesting textured collages. I really enjoy the physicality of the needle and thread, and working with a vast array of textured fabrics to manipulate into my desired images. I get a lot of joy out of book binding and design, especially artist books which were the vehicle I chose for my degree show work.
The book was titled 'science of sleep' and was an exploration into scientific facts and information on sleep and dreaming - something a lot of people tend to know little about, but which is a fundamental part of being human. My images and text were based on science but have quite a surreal side to them, reflecting the bizarre nature of the unconscious mind. I created pages both in fabric and paper which were embellished in different ways, making the book an experience to touch and read through as well as being thought provoking.
A lot of my work has been created using the free embroidery function on the sewing machine which gives me so much freedom and spontaneity to illustrate. I really enjoy working to a challenging brief capturing a wide range of subjects and concepts. My pieces here are only a few samples from the book, which I am currently looking into reproducing in print to sell at book fairs.
My contact info:
tel - 07765 353678
web - University degree show