Rachel studied Art, Design and Bookbinding at The University of Brighton. In 2005 she was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and was President from 2019-2021, having just handed over the title to Lester Capon.
Since leaving college, she has worked as a self-employed bookbinder co-founding Bookbinders of Lewes in 1992. She undertakes a wide variety of projects and commissions as well as teaching bookbinding at her studio and other venues, including West Dean College, Chichester.
Although a large proportion of her current work involves the repair and rebinding of old books, her main interest remains centred around the creation of designed fine bindings.
Texture, both natural and manufactured, has been a recurring influence on her work. Recently she has been concentrating on this element of design, impressing found objects into leather creating unpredictable and tactile results.
Rachel’s work is represented in collections in the UK and abroad, including the Getty collection and the British Library.